3-D Printed to Order

An object made using “additive manufacturing” showcases new design techniques.

Jan 10, 2012
A sculpture made for Technology Review by Neri Oxman, a professor at MIT’s Media Lab, is illuminated from above and below to show the depth of the pattern. 
The design was created with the help of algorithms that describe the interaction of two liquids that don’t normally mix. The colors shown simulate how light would reflect off the sculpture.
The design goes through multiple iterations. The final design was made based on aesthetics rather than function.
The design can be manipulated using conventional computer-aided design software, as shown in this screen shot, before being exported in a standard file format and sent to a 3-D printer.
This image shows the final design, as sent to the printer.
The sculpture was printed on a machine like the one shown here.