3D Kinetic Sculpture

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Mechaneu v1 is the first in a series of 3D sculptures by NY based Proxy Design Studio designed to explore the limits of the 3D printing process.

Created using custom algorithms based on cellular growth patterns, the printed object is a sphere whose surface is formed by 64 gears, synchronised by a supporting spherical grid.

Spin one gear and the whole surface moves.

Designer Toru Hasegawa explains:

…nature solves many problems through shape alone, using material only where needed and taking out where unnecessary. This is a strategy you find over and over in the natural world, leading to complex geometries such as bone structures. we used this same logic on every part of the Mechaneu to create a porous object that feels completely solid.

It is – as you will no doubt already have gathered – witchcraft.

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