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While UK architect William Stanley has not long ago launched a 3D printed jewelry shop, with which to execute his 3D printable creativity, it may be his 3D printed Skele-structure sculpture which stands heads above a few of the other 3D printed work in the industry.

william-stanley 3D printed skeletecture-sculpture

The Skele-structure is a design which artfully combines 3D printed replicas of pigeon bones with structural elements to create a modern take on prehistoric history. Stanley describes the design by saying, “Skele-structure is a merging of the effortless and the artificial. Printed with an SLS 3D printer Skele-structure explores the relationship between light mass bird skeletons and the attempt by man created structures to mimic the lightmass qualities of structures in the animal kingdom.” The 1.8-meter, 3D-printed sculpture now stands looking over the garden of William’s friend, where it most likely serves as a scarecrow, as much as an artistic ornament.

William Stanley 3D printed pod house concept

You’ll find much like blends of human engineering and nature in William Stanley’s other designs, as well. For instance, his beautiful representation of the tree houses of the Korowai folks in South Eastern Papua uses the artificial nylon of SLS to present the tree dwellings of this jungle tribe. He’s in addition created an elaborate prototype for a self-sustainable pod living system which he envisions may be the thoughtl home for a professional embalmer, part-time ham radio enthusiast. He writes, “The prototype explores the possibility of a fully self sufficient pod dwelling. Taking inspiration of anatomical circulation and yacht mast technology, the pods (organs) are supported by and circulate around a central mast (spine). The mast supports 10 conclude pods and a solar capture pod with the top of the mast housing a wind turbine.”

William Stanley 3D printed pulmonary jewelry

And, on his new jewelry site, earrings featuring the bronchi of a lung recreate the pulmonary structures with the modern technology of an MRI machine, as William created the jewelry of actual MRI scans. Personally, I’m a fan of this intricate necklace, which Willaim writes is created of “fifteen interlocking square forms increases in dimensions whilst reducing in solidity plays with the thought of dismantling the solid.”

William Stanley 3D printed necklace

Peruse William’s jewelry, available for purchase, and his artwork, and you may find by yourself lost in these fantastical, mathematical designs for a few time. But none may be additional absorbing than a bird which is part pigeon, part human dystopian nightmare.

Michael Molitch-Hou

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Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so which you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael currently resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.