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Spinning the Cube

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Spinning a Cube
What does it make when a cube spins around one of its long diagonals? Using 3D design, we can explore the space of a spinning cube in multiple ways. While the whole object is difficult to print without support or, at least, a raft, it can be sliced into two or three pieces for easy printing. The result is surprisingly beautiful.

Among the files are: (1) a 50mm cube with three axes of rotation and (2) two versions of a spinning cube: a 24-iteration one and a 60-iteration one, both of which are based on a 50mm cube. Multiple choices are included for 3D printing. A corresponding stand is also provided for exhibit.

The design and related discussions are part of an article in press for publication in the Mathematics Teacher Journal by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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If the whole object is printed in one piece, supports and rafts would be needed for printing. One can avoid the use of support or raft by printing the two or three components.

Be very careful when removing prints from the bed. Please use a thin spatula to pry around and wear protective gloves. When it comes off the bead, it just pops off. Use caution to avoid hurting your hands.

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • Cube_50mm_3Axis.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_24_end.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_24_midEnd.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_24_middle.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_24_whole.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_60_end.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_60_midEnd.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_60_middle.stl
    • SpinningCube50mm_60_whole.stl
    • Stand_50mm.stl

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  • Publication date: 2018/07/23 at 17:10




STEAM educator, learning from and working with K-12 STEAM teachers to explore new ideas of teaching and engagement. I firmly believe ART is at the core of STEM learning or all human learning! I owe my ideas and designs to the hundreds of K-12 children and teachers and university professors I have had the pleasure of working with, in multiple disciplines-- math, science,engineering language arts, social studies, early childhood education and more! All mistakes, of course, are mine! There is no warranty or liability whatsoever implied or explicit behind the designs or ideas. They are all posted for their potential educational values.

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