Generative Design

I'm an avid Rhino user and have been playing with that tool since college. A few years ago I began diving into Grasshopper, an incredibly powerful Rhino plug-in that allows you to model intricate designs using parametric modeling. At first it was another hobby and I explored it out of curiosity since it represents a completely different CAD modeling paradigm and I found it intriguing. I finally got to put those skills to work when I was tasked with developing an intricate texture for a pair of wireless headphones for Sol Republic. Since then I've played around with the tool to create a series of algorithmic, 3D printed jewelry and housewares I can print at home to explore the power of data-driven design by creating algorithm definitions on Grasshopper resulting in an infinite number of permutations with easily customizable parameters.
Algorithm to Metal
These quick exercises allow me to setup an algorithm, visualize it in a Rhino environment, modify it to fit different parameters from size to texture definition and then export the 3D asset to 3D print an unlimited amount of individual prototypes in varied metals like steel, brass, copper and silver applying a lost wax process.
Algorithm to Plastic
I've had a small DIY 3D printer at home for a few years. As soon as the tech was democratized and affordable I didn't hesitate to get one. It's one of my favorite toys and it's incredibly useful for fast prototyping. I've had a lot of fun testing out the most optimized way to quickly go from idea to algorithm to physical product and back to iteration.
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