3D Printed Light Fixtures Inspired By The Structure Of A Leaf [NY Design Week 2012]

Nervous System melds art, science, and nature to create unique lamps.

Somerville, MA based Nervous System debuted ‘ Hyphae,’ a collection of 3D printed LED light fixtures, at the 2012 International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Nervous System used their inspiration from the vein patterns on leaves to create the collection. To create the light fixtures, they first developed a digital algorithm to create a computer simulated model for the light fixtures.

The digital models were then output to a nylon 3D printer that built the lamps using selective laser sintering. Each resulting fixture is unique, as a built in feature of the algorithm varies the results of how each lamp is ‘grown.’ When the lights are illuminated, they have the effect of looking like glowing coral.

Nervous System has also used this production method to create other products like jewelry and puzzles.

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