Who doesn't love a good fractal image?
Beautiful, ornate shapes expressed though a series of simple formulas. Recent advances in the Fractal Arts have surfaced a whole new breed of 3D fractal shapes
- and they are fantastic! Check out this channel on Vimeo to see some of the possibilities: Mandelnauts
I'd like to show you how you can bring some of these incredible shapes into the real world
via 3D printing. We'll be using a 3D printing service like Shapeways or Ponoko - so all you'll need is a PC, some free software, a few hours to tinker, and a few bucks for the final 3D print. I suppose this is a little less physical than most Instructables, but these 3D printers are starting to blur the line between real and virtual.
There are 3 main steps to this process
, and each involves a different piece of software. You won't need to master
any of them, though. We'll just pop in to use the features we need, then pop out and onto the next step. If you're comfortable installing new software and you don't mind poking at a few mysterious menu items then you'll be fine.