Fred Hohman

3D Printing in Topology

At the University of Georgia I spent three semesters exploring 3D printing techniques in topology under Dr. David Gay in the Mathematics Department, in particular, visualizing complex shapes and knots using a MakerBot Replicator 2.

Note: If you want to read more about the project and view a photo gallery of the 3D model I created, head over to the dedicated project page.

While working on this project I’ve had fantastic support, including recognition by some individuals that are experts in the field such as professor and now MakerBot employee Dr. Laura Taalman1:

Beautiful 3D prints of puzzles based on open-book trefoil knot decompositions by @fredhohman:

— Laura Taalman (@mathgrrl) August 27, 2015

The last time I spoke with Dr. Taalman she mentioned that another employee at MakerBot has printed one of my trefoil knots and keeps it on his desk. How cool! Articles

Back in December, well-known 3D printing website wrote about my project while I was still working on it. However, just this past weekend was kind enough to write a second, follow-up piece about the finished project.

@My3DPrinting Thanks for the shout-out!

— Fred Hohman (@fredhohman) September 14, 2015

If you find 3D printing, mathematical art, or topology interesting I suggest you go read it!

So, what now?

This project is officially done. I still find 3D printing fascinating and I plan to stay current with the latest news and advancements surrounding the technology. Maybe something I do in graduate school at Georgia Tech will have a connection to 3D printing so I will have an excuse to hang out in a hackerspace2 again.

  1. AKA mathgrrl on the internet. 

  2. If you have never been to one, I highly recommend it!