nicole hone’s 3d vascular prints synthesize technology and nature
polyphytes by nicole hone
Industrial designer Nicole Hone synthesizes design, nature and technology into curious objects and experiences with her works. Use of modeling and multi-material software 3D printing, the designer is now releasing ‘Polyphytes’, the culmination of a research project carried out in collaboration with Ross Stevens as part of the MADE group at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Together, Nicole Hone and Ross Stevens are designing experimental 3D plant-like objects that could be used to interact with natural elements like water, air, and ice in playful and emotionally engaging ways. Building on the connection between 3D printed channels and the vascular systems of real plants, the main intention of Polyphytes was to show how these complex analog physical objects can create a powerful visual display without undergoing long digital handling.
“Polyphotes” by Nicole Hone and Ross Steven
all images courtesy of Nicole Hone
vascular 3d prints interact with natural elements
Nicole Hone’s research project the film explores a range of physical effects created when different substances pass through polyphytes; water, air, smoke, icing sugar, bubble mix and soap. The polyphytes are procedurally modeled in Houdini design software with a series of internal channels, some as small as 1mm in diameter, then printed on the Stratasys J850 in polychrome rigid photopolymer resin with varying levels of opacity. The closed voids are initially filled with PolyJet cleaning fluid which is then evacuated in post-production. This allows the channels to instantly become fluid.
With Polyphytes, complex modeling and printing techniques meet modest materials, evoking the beauty of natural pollination and transpiration. The New Zealand-based company designate explores Liquid Print – a new feature of PolyJet technology – which makes it possible to create sealed cavities filled with liquid inside an object, with the possibility of transforming them into hollow channels. Previously, these cavities would have been filled with support material and difficult to clean. The PolyJet package includes a range of other tools that also provide greater technical and creative freedom to design 3D printed objects from the inside out, including Pause Print which allows you to embed objects and Air Print to create voids.
the film explores a range of physical effects created when various natural substances pass through polyphytes
Nicole Hone’s works synthesize design, nature and technology into curious objects and experiences