March 7, 2013 AT 3:02 pm

George Hart’s 3D-Printed Rollers #3dthursday

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Check out these great 3D-printable cookie cutter roller patterns
from the incredible math artist George Hart, via MAKE:

3D-printed rollers can be custom generated starting from images, by using the software provided below.  These rollers can be used to imprint your favorite frieze patterns and tessellations on to your favorite cookies, ceramics, and other plastic materials….

Read the Paper

This is a joint project with Robert Hanson of Towson University.  For details see this draft paper:

    Robert Hanson and George Hart, “Custom 3D-Printed Rollers for Frieze Pattern Cookies,” draft paper submitted to Bridges 2013.

Download the Software

The program to process an image and create the stl files for your own rollers is here.  To run it, you must have access to Mathematica.

Read more.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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  1. That’s pretty amazing, I never even thought about the applications in cooking before this! Aside from cooking,3D printing seems like it’s going to have a large effect on playing with Play-Doh

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