Tues Sept 26 – Presentations & Math

September 26, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by today’s class your Tinkercad Fractal post should be completed, with all formatting and content in line with the assignment guidelines. This week we’ll have final presentations for this project, and work on shoring up the math […]

Thurs Sept 21 – Fractal dimension

September 21, 2017 mathgrrl

Today we’ll work on finishing up the math for your blog posts; here’s the rundown: Quick reading quiz Help with length/area/volume calculations and fractal post (see my comments) Fractal dimension with the 3Blue1Brown fractal dimension video We’ll review some of what we watched last time (starting […]

Tues Sept 19 – Iterate, Calculate

September 19, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by today’s class you should have fixed any issues with your Tinkercad Fractal blog post, and added a new section documenting your first draft 3D print. // Today in class // If you have prints to send […]

Firework Fractal

For our first design, we wanted to go with something that was simple to create but flexible to expand on. As of now, our design is made up of different sized shape of gears. We started off with the center gear being 60×60 and then […]

Whirly Cross Fractal

September 14, 2017 Grant Folsom

The repetition is by half the dimensions of the previous base. (Ex: Base 3 is half the length, width, and height of Base 2). Each increased base is then halted and so on. This makes it a fractal because it is a duplicate and a scaled […]

Thurs Sept 14 – Is it fractal?

September 14, 2017 mathgrrl

Today we’ll continue with the Tinkercad Fractals project, and iterate on your first draft designs. If your designs are well-defined fractals then you’ll print them in class; if not then you’ll redo them and print after class. Discuss the following with your group members: Is […]

Super Mickey Fractal

September 13, 2017 Katy Wagner

For our first design, our group wanted to do something simple but interesting. At first, we weren’t sure what to create so we got some inspiration by looking up some random and funny things on google. We ended up finding an image that had a bunch of smiley faces which […]

Mandala Fractal

September 13, 2017 Ni Trisadhani

For our very first design, we were inspired by some mandala pictures that we found, and they resembled fractals because a mandala is just several levels of rings with different self-similar designs in each ring. We wanted to construct it in a way that it would look original […]

Sunflower Fractal

September 13, 2017 Michael Conway

After studying fractals in class for the past few weeks, our group decided to try to make our own. In making our fractal we decided to go for a sunflower type shape with a hollow center, where the image repeats by halving its size […]

Fruit Loops Fractal

We created a circular fractal for this assignment. None of us had ever seen anything like this, so we thought it would be perfect to experiment with and present to the class. This design is a fractal because it is simply a repeating […]

Tues Sept 12 – Tinkercad Fractals

September 12, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments page, by this morning you should have read the first part of the Fractals book and added a section to your First Fractals blog post about your printed fractal. The few of you who have not yet printed […]

Tinkercad Fractal example post

September 12, 2017 mathgrrl

We decided to make a simple Minecraft Creeper fractal for the purposes of this example post, but you should try to think outside the box and consider many different ways of generating a fractal to come up with your own unique design. Your assignment is to create a new fractal […]

Thurs Sept 7 – Still Printing Fractals

September 7, 2017 mathgrrl

Today in class we’ll continue where we left off on Tuesday, which means that we’ll be 3D printing the remaining First Fractals and discussing the corresponding blog post writeups. Maybe if we have time we’ll watch this video to get a quick overview of how the […]

Koch Snowflake

September 6, 2017 Nathan Glass

The first fractal I want to print is the Koch Snowflake. According to Wikipedia, the Koch Snowflake is a mathematical curve and one of the earliest fractal curves to have been described. It is based on the Koch Curve which appeared in a 1904 paper titled […]

Sierpinski Carpet

September 5, 2017 Michael Mathis

For my first fractal, I would love to try printing a Sierpinski Carpet. Not only am I beginner on the front of 3D printing, but I am also very fascinated by minimalist design. Illustrative Mathematics states that this is a fractal whose area is zero, […]

Tues Sept 5 – Printing Fractals

September 5, 2017 mathgrrl

// Roundup // According to the Assignments list, by class time today you should all be done with your Hello and First Fractal blog posts. Last week we talked about the Dragon Curve; if you missed any of that discussion then read last week’s Timeline posts […]


September 5, 2017 Michael Mathis

Good morrow. My name is Michael Mathis, and I am a junior SMAD major with a concentration in Digital Video & Cinema, as well as a minor in Creative Writing. I’m originally from Westport, Connecticut. My passions include filmmaking, comedy, and pretty much most things […]

Quaternion Julia

September 4, 2017 Sam Janssen

The first fractal I want to print is the Quaternion Julia fractal. According to an website written by Paul Bourke: “A quaternion has two more complex components and might be written as q = r + a i + b j + c k where r, […]


September 4, 2017 Sam Janssen

Hey I’m Sam Janssen, a sophomore graphic design major. I have been doing graphic design for 5 years and have created a brand SamJ Studios and you can view my work here or here I’m from Alexandria but I was born in California and after almost […]

Octahedron Fractal

September 4, 2017 Katy Wagner

I would like to print the Octahedron for my first fractal print. This fractal design is very detailed and complex which is why I thought this would be very interesting to print. According to Wikipedia, the Octahedron flake is formed by successive flakes of six […]

Sierpinski Triangle

September 4, 2017 Collin Cullen

For my fractal, I have chosen the Sierpinski Triangle. According to a Wikipedia article, Wacław Sierpiński first described his self named triangle in 1915; however, the same article also notes that this fractal can be seen in designs dating back to the thirteenth century. The article described […]

Logarithmic Spiral

September 4, 2017 vasilidallasjmu

The fractal I have decided to print and analyze first is called the Logarithmic Spiral. This fractal is related to the golden ratio, Fibonacci numbers, and is sometimes referred to as the golden spiral. According to the Wiki I found, The logarithmic spiral was first […]

Sierpinski Triangle

September 4, 2017 Caitlyn Benjamin

For my first fractal I would like to print a Sierpinski Triangle because of how neat the concept is. It’s so cool that just repeating a simple shape can create such a complex, beautiful design. According to Wikipedia, Sierpinski Triangle was discovered by Waclaw Sierpinski […]

Barnsley Fern

September 4, 2017 Catherine Falvey

The fractal I chose to print is the Barnsley Fern. I love how simple this object is from afar and how intricate it gets when you really look at it. I believe this is a fractal because it can be constructed by a pattern of […]

Wave Fractal

September 4, 2017 Isabelle Murakami

The first fractal I would like to print is called the Wave Fractal. On Thingiverse, GKindl posted a model of the Wave Fractal. It caught my eye because I love the ocean and waves are so majestic. According to Gkindl, the fractal was created by […]

Hilbert Curve

September 4, 2017 Dillon Call

The fractal I am choosing to print is called the Hilbert Curve. According to the post on MathWorld, it was first described by David Hilbert in 1891. This curve is a variation of the Peano-curves created by Giuseppe Peano in 1890. This is a space-filling […]

Menger Sponge

September 4, 2017 Jennifer Marks

According to Wikipedia the Menger Sponge is a 3 Dimensional fractal curve. It  was first described by Karl Menger in 1926. To create a Menger Sponge you start with a cube. The face of a Menger Sponge is a Sierpinski carpet, a 2 dimensional fractal. Every […]

Sierpinski Triangle

September 4, 2017 Grant Folsom

The fractal I choose to be my first print is the Sierpinski Triangle. I choose this because the second phase of the Sierpinski triangle of this fractal represents the Triforce from the award-winning video game series, The Legend of Zelda. This Wikipedia article explains that […]

Koch Snowflake

September 3, 2017 Maddy B

According to Wikipedia, a fractal is a curve or geometric figure which has the same statistical character as the whole.  The definition goes further, calling on the snowflake as a primary example of what a fractal is, because similar patterns recur at progressively smaller scales. […]

Sixfold Koch

September 3, 2017 Jiahao Guo

The first fractal I want to print is Sixfold Koch. I like this fractal, the mathematical  expression of sixfold is excatly what I was looking for. Accoriding to Thingiverse, it was created by pmoews in 2013. Its name was created by his basic shape. I […]

Pythagoras Tree

September 3, 2017 Taylor Zabinsky

The first fractal I want to print is called the Pythagoras Tree. I love nature, so when I saw a mathematical expression of a tree I was intrigued. According to Wikipedia, it was created by Albert E. Bosman in 1942. Its name was derived from the Greek mathematician Pythagoras because […]

Gosper Curve

September 3, 2017 Jenna Jordan

My first fractal I want to print is the Gosper Curve. This is a space-filling fractal that is also known by the name “flowsnake” as a twist on the word snowflake. Similar to the dragon curve, the Gosper Curve is a fractal because it is […]


September 3, 2017 vasilidallasjmu

Hi! My name is Basilios Dallas, but my first name is pronounced Vasili (Vuh-Silly). I’m from Newport News, Virginia. I am a Junior here at James Madison University, and I am majoring in Sport Management with minors in General Business and Sport Communication. I volunteer […]

Sierpinski carpet

September 3, 2017 Emily Clark

The fractal model I found that I would like to print is the Sierpinski Carpet.  According to this Wikipedia article, this fractal is made by taking a shape, dividing it into smaller copies of the same shape, taking away some of the copies, and continuing.  […]

Spiral cube

September 3, 2017 Yang Zhou

My first fractal that I would like to print is called the Spiral cube. I was very interested in this shape because it combines the square and spiral. There is the link from Wikipedia Here is a structured picture of the Spiral cube and it comes from Izabela […]

Hilbert Curve Coasters

September 3, 2017 Weidan Xia

My first fractal I would like to print is called Hilbert Curve Coasters. The reason why I would like to print this one is that it is based on the Hilbert Curve. According to Wikipedia, Hilbert Curve is also known as Hilbert Space-filling Curve. I […]

Vicsek Fractal

September 3, 2017 Hunter Simmons

My first Fractal that I would like to print is called the Vicsek Fractal. This fractal actually arose from the Sierpinski Carpet while also using the Hausdorff dimension. One reason as to why it is based off of the Sierpinski Carpet is because the initial […]

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