algorithmic modeling for Rhino

My office owns a powder based 3d printer, a fantastic machine. But it needs to be used weekly to keep the powder from settling.

So for when we don't have any project work to print, i have started this small experimental series of prints to test my own mesh manipulation skills and the printer's limits.

All are spheres to just add a bit of coherence to all of them.

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Comment by Nick Tyrer on April 29, 2014 at 3:33am


I have previously printed a Erwin Hauer one like the one above. I would like to try some of Hauer's more complicated work, it seems the parametric world is fixated on his 'Leising church facade' (me included) Maybe because its easier, 

I also have already done a Lamp in this style, I found that while both surfaces were totally independent (i did a mesh|mesh intersection to confirm) due to all the undulations and pinch points around it that the two surfaces are braced. Very little movement. (photo below)

Interlocking Basket Lamp Featured in London Design Week 2013

Even for this weave sphere which is perfectly symmetrical the freedom of movement will be dictated by the very small and tight weave at each end.

Comment by taz on April 28, 2014 at 12:43pm

Will be interesting to see how the Erwin Hauer style one comes out.  It's 2 separate free floating objects that are intertwined, right?

Comment by Arie-Willem de Jongh on April 28, 2014 at 8:59am

Looking nice Nick, post also images of the 3d printed result, I'm curious how they look


Comment by Nick Tyrer on April 28, 2014 at 4:43am

Thanks David, I've had a lot of fun with them. I actually have many more but the presentation style changes with each one, and i don't want to post them till they all match.

Comment by David Stasiuk on April 28, 2014 at 4:22am

great series!





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