You’ve probably already peaked below at the images in this story. How could you not? They are breathtakingly beautiful. Works of art. And works of math.
If the images weren’t on a website called 3DPrinter.net, you might think they were all handmade sculptures. But no, they were printed on a 3D printer.
Their creator is George Hart–a mathematician, computer scientist, engineer, educator and writer. While he has long created constructive interesting geometric forms that exhibit balance and symmetry out of media such as paper, wood, metal and plastic, he’s now creating such pieces using 3D printing as well.
In this article, we are showing images of 23 “mathematical centerpieces” Hart made for a Museum of Mathematics fundraiser dinner. Each one is eight inches in diameter, printed on a ZPrinter Model 650 printer from 3D Systems. Hart says, “they vary in color and style, expressing different mathematical ideas in sculptural form.”
Enjoy the photos and then if you’d like a bit more information on each object, there is a sentence of explanation for each one in under the images in the album on his site.
Visit the George W. Hart website where he has many other photographs of his other work.
(Click on any image for a larger view)