3D-Printed Math Art Is Futuristic Design For Calculus Geeks

While all 3D printing includes its fair share of math, the work of Paul Nylander brings the format to an AP Physics level. His variety of 3D-printed roses, loxodromic sconce lights, and geodesic spheres make our inner math geek smile. We also know that giving one of these bad boys to that stern physics professor could be brown-nosing at its best.

Nylander's rose, for example, is printed using "a single, continuous, parametric math equation" that was inspired by a physics experiment involving a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer. His sconce light, on the other hand, is a 3D-printed stereographic projection.

3D Printing Industry also points out his Knotted Gear lamps, which take the popular practice of 3D-printing interlocking gears and adapts it into a practical piece of furniture. 

We imagine math and physics classrooms adorned with these creations for inspiration. Nyland makes math cool and tangible in a way that almost makes us want to re-visit our old algebra textbooks. Well, not quite, but they're still damn impressive. 

Images via Paul Nylander

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