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Tamfang's abstractions [message #49991] Tue, 19 June 2012 06:15 UTC Go to next message
avatar Tamfang  is currently offline Tamfang
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Registered: April 2012
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Since 1981 I've lived near the Pacific coast of North America.

In 1997 I started using PoV-Ray to make mathematical abstractions.
Lately I've been doing my stuff mostly in Python.

In 2008 or 2009 I saw the Shapeways booth at a Maker Faire.

Each of my models comes from a Python program that builds a mesh in three formats simultaneously: in Visual Python (so I can move around for a better look), as a .POV file (for a permanent image), and in .OBJ (to send to Shapeways).

I have ideas for numerous designs based on uniform polychora (4-dimensional polytopes), but I lack the technique to generate the copies (up to 14400!) of a unit cell and tie them together properly.

[Updated on: Mon, 02 July 2012 07:59 UTC]

Re: Tamfang's abstractions [message #50119 is a reply to message #49991 ] Wed, 20 June 2012 16:53 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar tessman  is currently offline tessman
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Ah, uniform polychora! Perhaps OpenSCAD would be useful? It's programmatic, and I've had some success translating my POV-Ray models into it, making allowances for the printing rules, of course.
Re: Tamfang's abstractions [message #50140 is a reply to message #50119 ] Thu, 21 June 2012 06:21 UTC Go to previous message
avatar Tamfang  is currently offline Tamfang
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It's not obvious to me how one modeler would be more useful than another. Or is there one that can work in four dimensions (or in curved 3-space), whose toolbox includes "repeat with polychoral symmetry"?

[Updated on: Fri, 22 June 2012 18:49 UTC]


 
   
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