Nervous System is no stranger to 3D printed jewelry as they’ve been creating it since 2009, but their latest collection, Porifera, explores a new medium: a 3D printed ceramic resin. The collection is two years in the making as they experimented with different materials in collaboration with Formlabs. The partnership brings forth necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with shapes inspired by deep sea glass sponges. The complex forms could never have been made without new technologies that allow those complex forms to be created.
Nervous System developed custom software to create the designs and because of their changing volumes and densities, the pieces can only be produced via 3D printing. The new ceramic material is made by Formlabs and once each piece is 3D printed, it’s hand-sanded, glazed, and fired twice in a kiln up to 2340F to get that perfect shiny finish.
If ceramic isn’t your thing, the collection also comes in golden brass cast from 3D printed wax.