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Cube Spinning, Cage, Hyperboloid

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Spinning the Cube, Cage, Hyperboloid

The cube is a fascinating mathematical object. If you spin it around a major diagonal, you get a pretty hyperboloid in the middle. Simple as it seems, it is a mathematically rich problem (see Hibert & Cohn-Vossen, 1952). Indeed, what really matters is not the whole cube, but the three critical edges as shown in the figure (also included as a STL file). Therefore, we could take advantage of 3D design techniques to make a simple version, hence the cube cage.

It is hard to print the whole thing (included, though). However, we could slice the object into two congruent halves for printing. With a few drop of super glue, we could assemble the whole thing. A stand is also included for holding the cube cage for exhibit.


The cube cage half prints well without a raft on my printer. However, when bed adhesion is a problem, please consider use a thicker first layers or even a raft.

Have fun!

  1. Bu, L. (2018)
  2. Hilbert, David, and S. Cohn-Vossen.1952. Geometry and the Imagination. Translated by P. Nemenyi. New York, NY: Chelsea Publishing Company.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Cube_Cage_half25mm.stl
    • Cube_Cage_whole_hardToPrint.stl
    • Cube_EssentialEdges.stl
    • Stand.stl

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  • Publication date: 2018/10/15 at 10:46





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