First 3D-Printed Sea Sponge Jew­ellery Pre­sented At JCK

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The sea sponge is one of the world’s sim­plest multi-cel­lu­lar liv­ing or­gan­isms, but its com­plex, in­ter­con­nected and frag­ile ge­om­e­try makes it im­pos­si­ble for jew­ellery us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods.

De­sign stu­dio Ner­vous Sys­tems, launched Porifera, a new jew­ellery col­lec­tion in­spired by the forms of deep-sea glass sponges by us­ing a new 3D printed ce­ramic ma­te­rial made from Form­labs Ce­ramic Resin.

Stu­dio co-founders Jes­sica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosen­berg be­lieve in heavy-duty ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and each and ev­ery project draws in­spi­ra­tion from dif­fer­ent sources like bi­ol­ogy, maths, var­i­ous other sci­ences and so on.

“Ce­ramic ma­te­ri­als are re­ally beau­ti­ful and have nice qual­i­ties. They’re in­ex­pen­sive and strong, and they have this nice tac­tile feel; they can be glossy or more earthy,” said Rosenkrantz.

It took two years of long re­search of 3D print­ing ma­te­rial at Form­labs to de­velop this revo­lu­tion­ary Ce­ramic Resin.

Form­labs (www.form­ is the maker of the pop­u­lar Form 2 desk­top 3D print­ers that have taken off in the jew­ellery in­dus­try world­wide, rang­ing from in­di­vid­ual bench-top jew­ellers, large in­ter­na­tional cast­ing houses, fine jew­ellery de­sign­ers, to lux­ury de­sign­ers.

The press note from Form­labs stated: “Ce­ramic Resin is now avail­able in North Amer­ica and Europe. This ex­per­i­men­tal ma­te­rial for the Form 2 makes 3D-printed ce­ram­ics ac­ces­si­ble out­side of ex­pen­sive in­dus­trial ma­chines and high-tech re­search labs. Us­ing Ce­ramic Resin, one can 3D-print parts with a stone-like fin­ish and

fire them to cre­ate a fully ce­ramic piece, fab­ri­cate ce­ramic parts for en­gi­neer­ing re­search, or cre­ate dis­tinc­tive art and de­sign pieces.”

Of course, this comes with a caveat stat­ing that Ce­ramic Resin is a Form X prod­uct, and the ma­te­rial is more dif­fi­cult to work with than other Form­labs prod­ucts and re­quires ex­tra steps and ad­di­tional ex­per­i­men­ta­tion for suc­cess­ful print­ing.

While ce­ram­ics is usu­ally linked to tra­di­tional pot­tery, tech­ni­cal ce­ram­ics are used for ad­vanced space-age ap­pli­ca­tions due to their me­chan­i­cal prop­er­ties.

Af­ter two years of devel­op­ment, Form­labs is ready to ship Ce­ramic Resin to the next gen­er­a­tion of in­no­va­tors and cu­ri­ous minds ea­ger to take ad­van­tage of this cut­ting-edge ma­te­rial.

De­sign house Ner­vous Sys­tem

Avant-garde de­sign stu­dio Ner­vous Sys­tem is known to cre­ate unique art, jew­ellery and house­wares with the help of new tech­nolo­gies.

To­day, Ner­vous Sys­tem is launch­ing their first-ever 3D printed ce­ramic prod­uct: “Porifera,” a jew­ellery line fab­ri­cated with Form­labs Ce­ramic Resin. The prod­uct line came to­gether in just a few months af­ter the stu­dio beta-tested the lat­est for­mu­la­tion of the resin, but its ge­n­e­sis is rooted in years of ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with var­i­ous ce­ramic ma­te­ri­als.

(Above) Form­labs Ce­ramic printed parts. (Be­low) Model wear­ing Ner­vous Sys­tem Porifera jew­ellery.

(Top) Ner­vous Sys­tem beta-test­ing in progress. (Above) Form­labs Ce­ramic rocket noz­zle.

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