3-D printing

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[Members Only] 3-D Printing: How to Prepare the Data in R

Moving your data from the digital screen to something more physical isn't as tricky as it seems. Here's how I did it. Read More

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Data, R, and a 3-D Printer

We almost always look at data through a screen. It's quick and good for exploration. So is there value in making data physical? I played around with a 3-D printer to find out. Read More

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Send map tiles to 3-D printer

Mapzen, which offers a vector tile service, made Tile Exporter, so that you can search the world and 3-D print your favorites. Since the vector tiles contain three-dimensional information, I decided to fabricate them with a 3D printer. To prepare the tiles for the printer, we first created a tool called the Tile Exporter. It grabs a Mapzen vector tile, offers you 3d preview in your browser, and then creates...

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Fibonacci sculptures fake movement

John Edmark made some pretty things: These 3-D printed sculptures, called aniforms, are designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5°—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of...

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