One word sums up the 3D printing industry today: exciting! You, along with the rest of the world, though, are probably still digesting all that the miraculous technology has to offer—and this can be hard to keep up with as innovators bring forth one mind-boggling creation and improvement after another at quite the accelerated rate.
So, while your brain may not have completely wrapped around processes like bioprinting capillaries on a modified cotton candy machine, making a 2,000-square-foot office building where progressive staff will thrive, or 3D printing with materials like molten glass, some designers are already moving past that into the fourth dimension, spanning movement, time, and the highest levels of customization. The concept can be a bit daunting to grasp at first, but the best advice is just to go with the flow—as in the creation of wind-sculpted jewelry—a perfect example of 3D and 4D working together.
Created by Love & Robots, an interactive design studio headquartered in Dublin, ‘Windswept’ is a collection that offers a fascinating mixture of technology, science, and fashion where you are able to enter the fourth dimension to help create—and then wear—your own lovely jewelry based on a date in time.
“With this Collection, you can choose any location in the world on any date in the last 50 years, and watch as the wind in that location changes the movement of the cloth,” Kate Hynes, a Love & Robots designer, told 3DPrint.com. “You can then pause it to create a uniquely draped piece of windswept jewelry in sterling silver or 14K gold.”
“This is the first time that virtual reality has been used with real-world environmental factors to create uniquely 3d printed forms.”
It’s incredibly unique that you can create a piece of jewelry that signifies a date that was meaningful for you, from the day you or someone else was born, to the day you met—or even wind conditions on the date you received your first kiss.
“So much of what we feel attached to, what we remember, is inextricably linked to a particular place & time. We wanted to realize that in a material way by linking a particular date and place to a personalized piece of jewelry,” said Emer O’Daly of Love & Robots. “We at Love & Robots are looking at how 3D printing will revolutionize the design and fashion industries. We look to create interactive experiential pieces where the customer is truly part of the creation process.”
This is just one of the new and very unique collections that designers have been working on recently at Love & Robots, allowing their customers also to walk in the realm of virtual reality, using interactive tools to achieve their final design. The goal in their jewelry is to allow for a personal touch in each piece—and just as 3D printing so often allows for processes like ‘patient-specific treatment,’ here the process is definitely client-specific.
To purchase a piece, all you need to do is head over to Love & Robots and select which style of jewelry you would like. Prices range, with earrings as an example, from $168-$213. The jewelry is available in:
- Sterling silver
- 14K gold
- 14K rose-gold
- Gold-plated brass
- Rose gold-plated brass
One you select something like ‘Ribbon Earrings – Paris,’ for example, you then begin interacting with the website upon choosing any date and location, watching the wind change the ribbon, and then pausing it. The Love & Robots team then 3D prints your bespoke, personalized jewelry and ships it from Ireland.
“We hold no stock,” state the designers at Love & Robots. ”Each piece that we make is personalized to the wearer and is custom-made.”
“Every product in our range exists in digital form until it is ordered. Using our interactive tools, you can tweak, personalise and play with the digital design to create your final piece.”
Designed with love. Made with robots. The team states that they are most often inspired by contemporary culture, geometry, architecture, graphic design and urban life. They favor colorful nylon materials and precious metals—as well as allowing their customers the chance to interact and edit designs. The designers at Love & Robots also enjoy being the type of design studio that welcomes collaboration. You’ll find that they often work and partner with other designers, brands, and artists. Are you interested in one of these designs? Discuss over in the 3D Printed Love & Robots Jewelry forum at 3DPB.com.