The shape and structure was modeled digitally before being sent to the 3D printer to be built up layer by layer. We began using photographs of corals to create a digital pattern. That pattern was then projected and mapped over the final dome shape of the pendant and each vein was given 3 dimensional width. The thinnest veins are fractions of a centimeter yet despite their delicacy, the structure remains incredibly durable.
LASER SINTERING THE FIXTURE
To 3D print in this stong and pure material, the printer starts with a bed of nylon powder and sinters the powder with a laser layer by layer, melting and solidifying the powder as it goes
REMOVING THE FIXTURE FROM THE PRINTER
The fixture is then excavated from its powder encasement and blasted with compressed air to remove excess powder which is collected and reused. It emerges from the printer ready to be fitted with it's custom hardware and requires no additional treatment, finishing or painting. This pure white material gives it the appearance of bone porcelain, the fragility of coral, and the strength of nylon.