Inspired by the complex forms of radiolarians, where intricate pattern
is integral to structure, these shapes derive from a simulation of spring
meshes which form mirrored catenoid surfaces. We created interactive software to morph, twist, and subdivide
each design, transforming a simple mesh to a complex patterned structure.
The final design is built up layer by layer in durable nylon plastic using Selective Laser Sintering, a kind of 3D printing. These forms would be impossible to create by traditional manufacturing methods. The process imparts the pieces with a coral-like texture.