nervous labs
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!
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.
Kinematics Tie
Jan 5th 2016
Feb 5th 2016
Kinematics Tie
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Kinematics Tie - patterned
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A 3D-printed necktie composed of hundreds of interlocking triangular pieces. The tie is currently available in two styles: solid and patterned. If it proves popular, we will incorporate a customizable tie into our Kinematics app.

Kinematics creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules. Each design is an assemblage of hinged, triangular parts that behave as a continuous fabric in aggregate.

This necktie is built up layer-by-layer in strong nylon plastic using selective laser sintering, a kind of 3D printing. The hinges are built in during the printing process so each design comes out of the printer fully assembled. The pieces are polished until smooth. The tie is fastened simply and securely with an adjustable fabric neckband.

previous lab editions
the latest designs created by visitors to our lab
designs we've specially created for desktop machines. download these creative-commons licensed designs to make at home.