Tamfang's abstractions

Discussion in 'Newcomers Lounge' started by Tamfang, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Tamfang
    Tamfang New Member
    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.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  2. tessman
    tessman New Member
    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.
  3. Tamfang
    Tamfang New Member
    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"?
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2012