These Intricate Collars That Look Like Fish Bones are Actually 3D-Printed

By Jordan Kushins on at

These complex collars look like like they're made from freaky shark jaws or the skeleton of some crazy underwater menace, but they were actually directly produced from a 3D printer.

MadLab designer Madeline Gannon did start with an aquatic inspiration, though—the virtual movement of a digital squid.

Reverberating Across the Divide began with a 3D point cloud of the multi-tentacled creature (technically not a squid, as it's only got five arms…) which was manipulated to "swim" around the neck of a model mannequin.

A pretty graceful visual trail followed its path, resulting in a kind of chronomorphologic effect, or "composite recording of an object's movement"—a modern-day equivalent to Victorian-era chronophotography made famous by Edweard Muybridge.

These Intricate Collars Look Like Fish Bones, Are Actually 3D-Printed

Once the pattern was established, the whole thing was exported to a 3D printer and voila, next-level jewellery and body adornments.

These Intricate Collars Look Like Fish Bones, Are Actually 3D-Printed

These Intricate Collars Look Like Fish Bones, Are Actually 3D-Printed

Gannon's got a bunch of fantastic pics on her site of variations on the theme, and I'm picturing a lavish costume party inside this cathedral, where everyone's sporting these adornments and headdresses like this. [@golan]