I'm inspired by the visual and sculptural works of:
The patterns in their work are out of this world and perplexing! These patterns look very novel and simultaneously feel so familiar. I believe a lot of these artists are inspired by natural pattern formation and generative/biological systems. Recently, I spent some time researching an interesting model for pattern formation: reaction-diffusion systems. Here is an interesting use of reaction diffusion by Karsten Schmidt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/toxi/sets/72157604724789091/ & http://www.printmag.com/article/building_august2008_cover/.
Recently, I've been playing around with Gray Scott's model of reaction diffusion (RD). It's been a ton of fun exploring the different types of patterns that emerge from changing the parameters of a RD system. I wrote an application that simulates and visualizes a RD system in real-time. The application also exports geometry, thus what's seen on screen can be 3D printed and/or used in other applications for product design, scientific research, rendering, etc.
I'd like to share the application with you and the steps involved in using the app to export 3D geometry so RD patterns can be easily 3D printed on a makerbot replicator 2 (however you could use any 3D printer in theory).
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Reaction diffusion system are widely studied and researched because their are argued to be linked to the chemical / biological processes that are responsible for pattern formation in nature (zebra stripes, leopard spots, etc). In addition, reaction diffusion systems exhibit beautiful motion when simulated and visualized. The gifs above showcase different growth patterns and oscillations in RD systems. To see more gifs, go here: http://www.syedrezaali.com/blog/?p=3262
In simple terms, reaction diffusion systems model how one or more substances (i.e. gases or liquids) change and/or combine when mixed in a container. The reaction part of the model describes what happens chemically when the substances combine together (i.e. maybe an entirely different substance is created and introduced into the mix). The diffusion part of the model defines how the substances propagate (i.e. diffuse) in the container (2D or 3D space they are mixed in).
For more technical information about reaction diffusion, specifically Gray Scott's model of reaction diffusion, check out this blog post: http://www.syedrezaali.com/blog/?p=3262 (It's a work in progress, in the post I'll be breaking down the model (mathematically) and describing how to simulate and visualize the model on the GPU using C++, Openframeworks, and GLSL Shaders).