Author Archives: dconstantine

Solving problems with Blender

As I mentioned in a previous post, we have encountered two problems with our design process using Mathematica that produce models that might not successfully print.  I’ve found some ways to solve these problems using a free 3D design software … Continue reading

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3D design and printing — overview

The purpose of this post is to give a start to finish overview of the 3D design and printing process we have been using.  I’ll illustrate it with examples from one of our recent models. Mathematica design:  Any program which … Continue reading

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Jessica’s torus knot

Here is Jessica’s (13,15) torus knot:   This is a single connected loop which winds around a torus (doughnut shape) 13 times in one direction while winding 15 times in the other direction.  It will look fantastic once we paint … Continue reading

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Group meeting #2 wrapup

Thanks to all those who were able to come to our second group meeting.  We got some good plans and ideas started for more projects, and I have started listing those on our Projects Page. We also started a print … Continue reading

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First model

On Friday afternoon/evening we printed our first model! This is a model of one of the surfaces we looked at during our first meeting.  It was designed by Lili Borland and Matt Laskowski.  It took about 8 hours to print. … Continue reading

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Group Meeting Dec 9

Our last 3D printing group meeting will be on Mon, Dec 9 at 2pm.  We will meet in Exley 618.  We’ll talk a bit about getting organized with projects and will take a trip to see the printer and start … Continue reading

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More software resources

Here are a few more software resources to check out.  They may be particularly useful for those who can’t get MakerWare to run on their computers. Skeinforge is an alternative to makerware.  It converts .stl files into gcode files.  Gcode … Continue reading

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First meeting wrapup

Thanks to all who came to our first group meeting — it was a lot of fun working with you. As promised, click here for the Mathematica notebook we used in the meeting today do design the models Prof. Adeboye … Continue reading

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First group meeting

We will have the first meeting of the 3D Math Models group on Friday, Oct 25, from 4-6 in Exley 638.  You need only make it to either the first or second hour of that time, if you have other … Continue reading

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Software resources

Here are some software resources your will need for designing and printing models.  They are all available for free to Wesleyan students. Mathematica Mathematica does all sorts of mathematics, including numerical computations, symbolic manipulation, and — most important for our … Continue reading

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