3D Printing in Calculus Class

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I’m looking forward to exploring 3D printing in Calculus class this year.  We don’t have a printer in our classroom (yet!), but some students have enough experience and access to work on modest projects outside of class.

Here’s a print of an interesting surface in xyz-coordinate space.

Beautiful Surface and Printed SurfaceIt’s always exciting to find a new way to represent or experience a mathematical idea, and physical representations can be especially powerful.

And perhaps more importantly, 3D printing gives students an opportunity to use mathematics to create.  Mathematics is a creative endeavor, and whatever helps promote this idea will ultimately help change attitudes about math.



Dave Marain · September 21, 2014 at 9:33 am

Physical models of surfaces seem so much more powerful than virtual! Wish I were back in the classroom! Enjoy!

Akshay Kaushik · December 2, 2014 at 11:29 am

Impressive ….The 3D Print does look good !!

Tadeh · May 21, 2015 at 12:56 am

I am beginner.which softwarelike sketch up ,123 d design or … Is easier to make this 3d structure?
How can i get some guides and datas?
Thanks for helping me

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