Code Fabbing with Macouno

This video introduces generative Blender Artist and Fabbing Freak Dolf Veenvliet a.k.a Macouno and his Entoforms

In an other project called Shipwright the name of the user serves as a seed for generating spacecrafts, that can be printed in 3D. Since each name is mapped to a unique spacecraft, this is actually a nice example of code crafting.

Entoforms feature very organic shapes and are constantly improved. They are generated by Open Source Blender-Scripts, which are written in python and can be downloaded at

Here is a video of the 100 most influential people of 2011 transcoded into entoforms:

Entoforms provide a beautiful example of alternate biology, a field that was spearheaded by the fantastic Italian artist and illustrator Leo Lionni and computer artists Todd & Latham.

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Nervous System 3D Configurator

According to the configurator database a configurator is a software application for designing products exactly matching customers' individual needs.

While currently more than 500 companies have jumped on the mass customization hype, most configurators only let the user combine pre-designed modules, providing very little freedom for the user to actually immerse in the design process.

The Cell Cycle Configurator created by Nervous System is an excellent example of what a configurator should look like:

  • parametric rather than just combinatoric design
  • direct manipulation at several levels of abstraction (2d and 3d)
  • open ended design (amount of detail controlled by the user)

Nervous System Lecture

Nervous System is a little fabbing company, run by Jessica Rosenkrantz & Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. They explore nature inspired processes to grow fashionable objects such as lamps and jewelry.

Their lecture at CMU Design is a very nice introduction of their work and provides a glimpse into the future of generative design and mass customization.

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Fabbing Fabrics - Fractal Bracelet

A 3D version of the 3rd iteration Hilbert curve fabbed by mathematician Henry Segerman turns out to be so flexible that it can be used as a bracelet.

You may have seen the postcard magic trick, that lets you walk right through a postcard using only fractal mathematics.

With a 4th iteration 3D Hilbert curve, you may now also walk right through the center of the 3cm dice created by shapeway user Srjskam.

Fabbing Fabrics - Knitwork Bracelet

User Magic on Shapeways created 3d-printed flexible bracelets based on textile structures.

The knitwork inspired bracelet is made of several closed loops (one for each course) interlocking to form a stockinette-stitch-like structure.

A lot of beautiful photos of the bracelet can be found in Magic's post on shapeways

Magic's other design is based on the Scoubidou technique used for creating friendship bracelets. By intermeshing two strands in what is known as the Square Knot he obtains a highly flexible object.

You might also want to check out Philip Delamore's laser sintered glove which was created as a result of the evolving textiles project.

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