Available student project - Mathematical making

Research fields

  • Theoretical Physics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
3D printed Gyroid

Project details

Let your mathematical imagination unfurl at the ANU makerspace

Computer aided design and manufacture are the lastest methods for building models, but older technologies such as paper cutting, sewing,  crochet and knitting are also frequently used. 

This project will develop your skills in 2D and 3D modelling software and facilitate training with equiment at the ANU makerspace such as 3D printers and laser cutter. 

The starting point will be Henry Segerman's book Visualising Mathematics with 3D Printing but you are encouraged to bring your own ideas. 

Further inspiration includes: 

Mathematical sculptor George Hart

Sabetta Matsumoto and geometry of materials 

Daina Taimina's crochet adventures with hyperbolic planes

Designer John Edmark

Topological meta-materials in LEGO from Vincenzo Vitelli's group (start at the bottom of the webpage) 

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • PhB (1st year)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)
  • Vacation scholar

Contact supervisor

Robins, Vanessa profile

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