Photo credit: Cornell Creative Machines Lab

Photo credit: Cornell Creative Machines Lab

The website Endless Forms from Cornell University allows users to create shape for 3D printing by “growing” them evolutionarily, rather than designing them in complex CAD programs.

Here’s the skinny from their press release:

EndlessForms.com allows users to breed objects just as gardeners breed roses; a “generation” of objects is displayed, and a user chooses objects they like, which are “bred” to produce the next generation. Over time, objects evolve, and users can publish these objects. Others can further evolve, share and rate them, creating a collaborative exploration of designs that, according to Lipson, represents an entirely new way of thinking about design. Users can then have their objects made by 3-D printing companies in a wide range of materials, such as silver, steel, ceramic or sandstone.

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