3D Printing with Strength and Beauty

When it comes to creating complex, optimized structures, nature has always been in a class of its own. A spider web, bird bones, a silkworm cocoon—these organic structures typify the wondrous shapes achieved by nature, the beauty of simplicity, and the ideal marriage of material preservation and functionality. Owing to tooling requirements, assembly limitations and the economic barriers of customization, these types of complex structures have often proven elusory in traditional manufacturing. As a byproduct, designers are forced to align their creations with a limited range of possible outcomes, rather than stretch past these manufacturing constraints. 3D printing has changed the landscape of design and opened up new fields of possibility in design and engineering, finally making it possible to mimic the perfection that Mother Nature has achieved for so long.