Ever since we started offering the 1-layer rings from our Cell Cycle collection in stainless steel, people have been asking us to carry the 2-layer rings in steel as well. I’m happy to announce that we’ve finally done it.
The twist and center rings are now available in 3d-printed stainless steel for $30 in sizes 5,6,7 + 8. We have a limited supply available…
Nervous System was commissioned by Disseny Hub Barcelona to create one of a kind jewelry pieces for Laboratory of Fabrication, an exhibition highlighting the possibilities of rapid prototyping. Using computational design tools we wrote for our cell cycle line, designers at DHUB created 14 unique bracelets and rings. This unprecedented form of collaboration demonstrates some of the new potential afforded by computational design and digital fabrication. The pieces were printed by Shapeways using SLS nylon. The pieces and software will be on exhibit at DHUB in Barcelona from June 15, 2010 until February 27, 2011. Images of the pieces and a video of the applet below.
New! 1-layer rings in sterling silver. Cells contract and expand as they twist their way around the ring. Same style and fit as our nylon plastic rings but with the permanence and shine of sterling silver. Click the images above to shop.
After seeing the other rings, we decided to design a very thin, more minimal one. It came out great and is very comfortable to wear. We will have a very small quantity available at ICFF starting this Saturday. We are exhibiting with designboom, come check it out!
The interior surfaces of the ring have a white unpolished finish, while the outer surfaces have a polished finish. I think the contrast heightens your experience of the two layers. An 8.5×11″ sheet of white paper goes a long way when you are photographing small objects…
We finally got the prototype silver rings back from polishing/finishing and they look great. Just need a couple of changes and we will be ready for production.
The rings were 3d printed in wax and then cast! Each ring consists of two layers of pattern, a convex layer on the interior and a concave one on the exterior. We have also designed a much thinner, more delicate one that we will hopefully make soon.
Above are a couple quick renders of the first output of a reworked applet for making our new rings. I essentially rewrote most of it. The old version was based on a rigid hexagonal grid structure while the new one allows for any arbitrary network. Specifically I’ve implemented subdivision of the cells which you can see in the image on the left. This ended up being more difficult than I had thought. There are still many things to do, but the hardest is over and we should have designs ordered for ICFF by next week. Stay tuned for updates and perhaps help Jessica and I resolve disputes over which rings we like the best.