Adventures in space and time

Quark Jewelry

A couple of years ago, I realized the first part of this project “Quarks”.
A line of science inspired jewelry, bases on the intricate motion of sub-atomic particles in magnetic fields, such as visualized in bubble chambers:


I simulated the motion of particles in magnetic fields and varied speeds, masses, charges and fields to create complex and elegant patterns.

Old Quarks

But I got myself into some trouble there, the plastic at the time was a bit boring, many variations were not printable in metals.

And I found only few to be really good enough, but then people wanted earrings, bigger, smaller etc.

I was just not set up for that kind of demand, so I moved on for a while.

Then a couple of months ago, I wanted to revive this and make it work better and this is when I stumbled upon MixeeLabs of MixeeMe fame.

It just so happens they were working on a platform that would allow artists and designers to easily create web-apps using JavaScript with the sole purpose of creating customizable 3d prints!
A match made in heaven 😀

And we are very proud that “Quark Jewelry” is one of the MixeeLabs launch projects!

Quark Jewelry! Make your own!

Quark New

Go check it out! Now! 😀


Gold plated stainless steel at Shapeways !

Wow, they did it again ! The folks at Shapeways added a new material. GOLD !! Well… gold plating actually 😉
It’s on offer temporarily, but they’ve been know to let the more successful materials return.

For only an added $5 you can get any stainless steel 3d-print coated with a robust layer of gold plating !

This means that the “Quarks“, the “Shiral“, the “Eardrops“, the “Adam’s Earshells“, the “Morse Ring” and the “Twiggy Earrings” are now available in gold plating !!!

Go check it out at Shapeways !

Personalized Eardrops

You can order a pair of Personalized Eardrops in my Shapeways shop

While I was still getting my bearings in the blogosphere and slowly finding my way amongst some very good design blogs.
To my great amazement, my design for the Personalized Eardrops got picked up around several of them !
Wow 🙂 My first real steps into publicity !
There are so many amazing designs featured out there, that I feel humbled, yet honored to be featured 🙂
But I would like to thank Duann Scott for picking up on my designs and starting a buzz!
Anyway, check out these blogs for some excellent stuff !
(in no particular order)

“Personalized Eardrops” @ Design Spotter
“3D Printed Personalized Eardrop Earrings by Virtox” @ Design You Trust
“Personalized Eardrops Earrings by Virtox” @ Materialicious
“Personalized Earings, Get Creative with Customizable Virtox 3D Initial Earrings” @ Trend hunter
Eardrops @ Crib Candy
Eardrops @ Current
Eardrops @ Live Modern
Eardrops @ NewsODrome
Eardrops @ The Find Buzz
Eardrops @ Desinflow
Eardrops @ Existing Visual
Eardrops @ Archiblog

Strange Quark

Strange Quark, originally uploaded by virtox.

A stainless steel pendant which folds in on itself with elegant curves, one in a family of six.

Twiggy earrings

Twiggy earrings, originally uploaded by virtox.

Twiggy earrings

A perfect match, two stainless steel earrings.

Available at :

Adam Twin-shell

Adam Twin-shell, originally uploaded by virtox.

A cute double sided decorative bowl, available in WSF and Matte Glass.

One in a family of four.

Gyro the Dodo

When Shapeways introduced Alumide for the first time a few months back, I finalized “Gyro the Dodo”, an Ode to “Gyro the Cube” and its fans 🙂
With a more facetted and yet organic look I had hoped to create something a little sci-fu. (not a typo)
Unfortunately the Alumide proved to be too brittle for that specific design, and I had no time to redesign it before the Alumide trial period was over.
So to test the mechanics, I instead printed it in the White Strong & Flexible material :

One day soon, I hope to dye or paint it in some cool colors. (Anyone know a good place to buy pearl/bi-color paint in spray cans ?)

You can buy the model here in white, black, blue, terra or limestone colored strong & flexible

As for the Alumide.. It was re-introduced recently, a bit more expensive, but I will probably redesign the Dodo to be compatible (read : Larger !)

Thanks for reading !

Gyroid Bones

While re-exploring the mathematics playground, more specifically the gyroid formula, I stumbled upon the Gyroid Bone recently. This structure is either the inside or the outside of the gyroid formula, but with a slight offset.

Using a “Marching Cubes” algorithm and a lot of Meshlab filters I created printable meshes for the 3d-printing services at Shapeways. And in an experiment to see what was possible in the Color Sandstone material they offer, I uploaded a “double gyroid bone” with a double texture map. This object is printed as two mingled but separate parts.

And the result is quite stunning :

You can customize and buy this object in Virtox’s Shapeways Shop.

Thank you for reading and watching !