a generative design workshop
Welcome to our playground for design and experimentation. Use our apps
to create your own designs, or see what new objects
we are cooking up in the lab. Our design apps are rich interactive experiences that allow you to explore and create with computational systems we’ve crafted. You can make your own one-of-a-kind creation, see what others are making
, or just play.
art + science + technology
Our products are inspired by science and technology. We draw upon research into how patterns and forms emerge in nature to create mathematical models and simulations that allow us to play with those processes.
We explore how digital manufacturing methods like 3D-printing can be used to make objects more intricate, unique and personalized.
designed by you
crafted by us
Since 2007, we've been opening our unique design process up to our customers as online apps. From intricate cellular jewelry to lasercut wood jigsaw puzzles. You design it, a robot will fabricate it and we will ship it to you!
generative design apps you can use online to design your own products
A series of limited edition products that test out our latest ideas and experiments. Through these designs, we can introduce and evaluate new algorithms, materials, interfaces and fabrication techniques.
hyphae lamps for desktop 3D-printing
Hyphae Calyx Lamp
16 days left
Hyphae Bromeliad Lamp
16 days left
The Calyx and Bromeliad lamps are our first foray into making products intended to be 3D-printed at home. Desktop 3D-printers are increasingly available in people's offices, libraries and homes; but, have they finally spread far enough that it makes sense for us to design for home printing? Now's our chance to find out! These designs are our first that you can purchase to print yourself ($5). Don't have access to a printer? No problem! You can order a finished lamp ($75) and we will print it for you from bio-degradable PLA plastic. These are also our first ever 3D-printed designs that we will manufacture in our studio in Somerville, MA using our small farm of desktop 3D-printers.
The designs are based on our Hyphae system, a simulation of growth inspired by how veins form in leaves. We've used this system before to make our popular line of one of kind lamps, but we wanted to make a version that would be more accessible and could be printed on a desktop machine. The Calyx and Bromeliad designs are the result. Read more about them in our blog.
the latest designs created by visitors to our lab
Use one of our designs as a starting point for your own explorations. Each can be edited in our apps to be your size, desired material, or style.
interviews and features focusing on co-creation
Co-Creating with Nervous System – August 2015
July 08, 2015
March 04, 2015
January 26, 2015
October 30, 2014
September 16, 2014
July 08, 2014
designs we've specially created for desktop machines. download these creative-commons licensed designs to make at home.