Nexus rapid prototyper

Nexus rapid prototyper - a group university project investigating new methods of growing product

This is an actual product built with our machine. You have to remember this is only a prototype machine designed, tested and built in 3 weeks.

Strucutres created by the nexus machine

demonstrates a possible form output from the machine. This was simple made using a mould to replicate what would happen if the specific co-ordinates of a face were to be programmed into the machine

This is the actual machine, the left image shows the top plate on which the object is built. This top plate moves on 3 axis (x,y,z) to accomplish the 3d object.

building of machine - as seen in middle image, the x axis runs along the y axis using simple gearing systems

one of my group members (andrew porter) and me making the nexus machine out of Lego

a cathode pump is used to pump the gelatine bubbles at a steady rate to enable to to dry at the perfect rate to enable a better finished product


This project involved 9 third year industrial design students with a time frame of 3 weeks. We had to design and produce a rapid prototyper in this time whilst investigating different uses or possibilites for this new technology. Gelatine was used as the material rather the usual resin or plastics. Gelatine is cost effective, sustainable and reduces the need for non environmentally sound materials. The gelatine was also blown into layers of bubbles to create he form which also reduces material usage. Nexus is a fully working rapid prototyper constructed mainly out of Lego blocks. This would enable many more people within our society to recreate a 3d printer of their own which would also enable them to experiment with this new way of printing form through bubbles.


Victoria University (3rd year)