A compound mobius strip created out of 36 interlocking mobius strips.

All segments are thin mobius strips, and they weave and interlock perfectly through the spaces left between them. Highly complex, and a headache to look at, yet it possesses an inherent mathematical simplicity and beauty.

This model is 3d printed out of a sintered vinyl plastic, which makes it very resilient and bendable. It won't break if you drop it.


IN: 3.605 w x 3.713 d x 2.04 h
CM: 9.156 w x 9.432 d x 5.182 h


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Just received my order. This is amazing! I have the same material and size pictured. What an impressive model and use of material. I can't wait for my family's reactions. Thanks!
April 14, 2014, 7:13 pm
@joabaldwin that's really cool! It came out very nice, it is out of my price range but I wish you the best of luck!
February 17, 2014, 10:14 pm
@Nardella thanks! I was trying to do a compound Möbius strip, but I didn't expect it to interlock through the spaces between the strips, that was pure luck as I was modeling it. It too me maybe 3 or 4 hours of experimenting with different ways to lock and deform the strips, different thicknesses, etc. I didn't have that final shape in mind when making it, it was a sort of epiphany, and when it happened, it was done and ready to print, it was a great feeling to see it form so perfectly and better than what I was trying to accomplish.
February 17, 2014, 10:10 pm
This work is impressive. Would you care to tell us more about the experience you had creating this? Did you have to restart? How long did it take? Once you had the idea how much time did you spend thinking it through before you set to work?
February 17, 2014, 9:08 pm
@Joche The price increases rapidly because it's calculated by volume (two times the size is 2x2x2=8 times the cost). I have an 8 inch version which you can buy, I just don't have it publicly listed in my store, here is the link: http://shpws.me/qz7G ... 10 inches would be closer to $250 I'm guessing.
February 13, 2014, 5:45 am
@joabaldwin Can you make one 10 inches high, if so what would it cost?
February 13, 2014, 5:41 am
As a modeler, I can say that I'm impressed with this form. Wonderful! Bravo!
February 1, 2014, 4:37 pm
@Page4390 it can be expensive, but possible. Message me with details of what you need and I'll see if it's doable.
January 1, 2014, 5:46 pm
Bigger version possible?
January 1, 2014, 3:32 pm
@kreator I have the white and pink ones, and to be honest I really prefer it in white, you can see the translucency of the material much better.... And if you decide to put it somewhere with a light, it will glow beautifully, and take the color or whatever light you use.
December 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
Does anyone has some thoughts about the best material/color to print this ? (not talking about taste) Maybe the black or dark blue isn't the best suited to observe the shape ?
December 24, 2013, 3:02 pm
@Mr_props Thanks! But I didn't use any scripting... I used a lot of duplicate with transforms, and bend and twist deformers. I don't know how to script :)
December 7, 2013, 7:49 pm
@joabaldwin. That's some nice work! I also use this software, and it is rather tricky to achieve nice geometric shapes. You may have done some MEL script or something alike. Anyway, it's very well done, congratulations!
December 7, 2013, 6:44 pm
@Mr_props I used only Maya for this, and most of my models. No plugins.
December 7, 2013, 4:41 pm
This is very nice! I was wondering which kind of softwares and plugins you guys use to make thes astounding shapes. Very good work!
December 7, 2013, 10:14 am
SUPER! great work!
December 4, 2013, 3:16 pm
The Mobius Nautilus is now featured on our homepage, enjoy!
November 25, 2013, 3:03 pm
Somehow this model has flown under my radar, it's gorgeous! @jenray - thanks for sharing those photos
November 4, 2013, 3:58 pm
Absolutely beautiful!
September 18, 2013, 12:17 pm
amazing creature, I want it...
July 19, 2013, 1:09 pm
@joabaldwin Hi, Joa, I love it and thanks for creating it...well pleased with it..:)
July 13, 2013, 2:43 pm
@jenray thanks for posting those pics, I hadn't seen them in that color yet. Very vibrant.
July 13, 2013, 2:14 pm
a different view of the Nautilus
July 13, 2013, 10:20 am
Love this Nautilus...
July 13, 2013, 10:20 am
@tehnurn It's printable, I got the notification from Shapeways and there seems to be a temporary error. Hold on, they are working on it.
May 10, 2013, 4:14 pm
Apparently this can't actually be printed. Shame, I was looking forward to owning one.
May 10, 2013, 4:09 pm


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