# 3D Printing in Calculus Class

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.

It’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.

## 3 Comments

## 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

Hi

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