Cell Cycle http://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com/cellCycle is a webGL design app for creating 3d-printable cellular models. You can shape, twist, and subdivide, transforming a simple mesh to a complex patterned structure. It’s a playful, dynamic physible.
Cell Cycle can be used to make jewelry, lamp shades, sculptures… whatever you want, entirely in the browser. The models you create can be saved, shared, and loaded for later editing. They can also be ordered in four 3d-printed materials: white nylon, black nylon, red nylon and sterling silver.
Cell Cycle was originally conceived of in 2009 by Nervous System and used to design their first 3d-printed jewelry collection. The system was inspired by the microscopic shells of radiolarians. The design tool creates complex forms through simulations of the physical forces in a cellular network. A java applet version was released in 2009 allowing web visitors to create their own designs. However, this new version Cell Cycle is significantly more powerful and user friendly. It runs directly in the browser, no installations necessary.
We recommend viewing the site with the Chrome browser.
(the vimeo video shows the app best!)