Matrix Buildings

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Matrix Buildings by ramenspork Dec 5, 2011

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I teach Linear Algebra to a small class of High School students. We took a few days to learn openSCAD and use the multmatrix function to explore some "real world applications".

The kids in the class had no prior programming experience and I think openSCAD was a great way for them to learn some of the basics of programming.

Their homework assignment was to design two objects, a building and a tree, by writing their own transformation modules using the multmatrix function (i.e. no using the built in rotate, translate, etc. functions, although union, difference, intersection were ok). Here are their buildings.

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Awesome Stuff! Any chance you designed any support materials, handouts, rubrics for the homework assignment etc? I am interested in implementing such a project in an Algebra 2 class. The students are familiar with transformation matrices, but they don't "feel" them in a meaningful way. I think this could be a wonderful way to have it come alive.

I think the model chicen itza is unbelievable. As a person who has Mayan ancestors, I believe the structure is perfectly modeled. I hope whoever created chicen itza continues her work in computer science and has a very successful career. Good luck on your journey

i am an architect form NORWAY, and i will be building these... first

i am an architect from sweden and i will be building these

this made my year. 8-)


Nice work. Will you be posting the matching SCAD files for all the STL files?

What a great idea for a project. It's startling how easy openscad is and I can't wait to try it out with my college students next semester. Good work!

These are AMAZING! I'm definitely going to have to look inside and see how they did these!