Introducing the first ever Nervous System diamond engagement ring! The design was co-created by a customer using our Cell Cycle app. This is the first time we have incorporated stones into our designs, and it came out wonderfully. The ring was produced in 18 karat yellow gold with a central diamond surrounded by four small rubies.
To go along with this very special ring, we created a special presentation box in solid cherry wood with a gold-plated steel lid.
new cell cycle features
When we initially decided to take on this project, we did not realize we would need to make significant changes to the Cell Cycle app to make the project successful. One issue was that gemstones come in regular shapes. How do we incorporate a perfect circle (or several as it turned out) into an organic pattern of shifting cells? We ended up creating a new merging feature that allows small cells to be combined to make space for large stones. We also added the ability to constrain certain cells in the structure to a circular configuration.
We also needed to allow for the depth of the stone. Round diamonds are about as tall as they are wide; we needed to add the ability to have variable layer separation within the structure to enclose the stone. The space in between the layers is larger on top of the ring to allow for the large diamond. But on the sides of the ring, the layers are close together to make the ring comfortable….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!