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Works by Robert Fathauer and Nicholas Duchnowski

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'Fractal Crystal' by Robert Fathauer and Nicholas Duchnowski 'Fractal Crystal' by Robert Fathauer and Nicholas Duchnowski

Fractal Crystal


Robert Fathauer and Nicholas Duchnowski, 2007
ZPrinter Z406 printed plaster sculpture and immersive interactive application

Dr. Robert Fathauer posed an interesting question to the CalculArt team: What would you end up with if, starting with a cube, one were to add centered half-sized cubes to each of the available surfaces of the original cube, iteratively to the limits of present computational and 3d printing capabilities?

Nicholas Duchnowski took up the challenge. The vitrine-encased object is the end result of printing a >1GB file representing 11 generations of half-sized cubes with the resultant crystal forming a shape surprising to even age-hardened geometers. The program that Nicholas wrote to generate the Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML) file which was sent to the zCorp printer is the same program used in real time for interaction with the various iterations of the crystal by gallery attendees visiting the CANVAS.
The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

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