Created in a one-shot fabrication process, Mechaneu v1 features an elaborate network of interlocking gears and supports. Spin one gear and the entire sphere is catalyzed with rotation. The effect is mesmerizing, a visualization for the eye and a tactile experience for the hands.The Mechaneu was created with sophisticated 3D modeling tools and custom algorithms. The texture and tactility of Mechaneu v1 are a result of an algorithm that models cellular growth patterns, giving the object its porosity and pattern.
Through multiple physical prototypes the structural thicknesses, gear ratios and other important elements of the Mechaneu were calibrated for both strength and quality of interaction. Though each gear is extremely thin and porous, they feel solid to the touch and invite interaction. The structure pushes the limits of most commercial print services. Mechaneu v1 is a limited production art object that will simultaneously push forward and exemplify the current epoch of 3D printing.