3D Printing a Virus..
“Viruses are small microscopic infectious agents that replicate only inside living cells of other organisms.”
With the help of a Topological Mesh Modeler software called TopMod, i first inflated all 12 faces of a Dodecahedron to create 12 “tentacles”.
Next, with some Generative Design techniques i created an intersecting-lines pattern that engulfs the entire model.
Now comes the fun part - 3D Printing!
After 11Hrs. the print was finished:
When asked “How hard was it to cut off all the excess material (support structures created by Makerbot print Software) – Michael replied: “as a newbie I now have mangled thumbs but in the future it should be easier. The building structure is attached loosely for easy removal.”
Here is the final result, a beautiful 3D-Printed Math Sculpture.
Recently, a new free tool was released that creates very efficient, way less support columns & less material used for printing – its MeshMixer 2 by AutoDesk
Watch how simple it is to create a new type of support structures.
*Photos by Michael Berger.