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I have always been fascinated by the incredible complexity of the Benoit Mandelbrot set ever since I first saw it in the August 1985 issue of Scientific American.
It is a fractal that has incredible complexity no matter how close you zoom in on it. Unfortunately, I cannot do it justice with a 3D printer, but here is my attempt at it.
The rectangular layers are 0.6 mm tall which is appropriate for 0.3 mm layer height.
file: Mandelbrot_600_x_600.zip is 60 mm X 60 mm
the green and black photo is a two color print of the zipped .stl file.
The red and black photo is picture generated by the program I used to create the .stl.
Sorry for the large (121 Mb) .stl file, but I did not have a good way to simplify the mesh.
Mandelbrot picture by tc_fea is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.
So what's this mean?
We're sure tc_fea would love to see what you've printed - take a photo and share it on Thingiverse as a Make.
To post a Make simply visit this Thing again and click I Made One to start uploading your photo. You can also download the Thingiverse Mobile app (available via Google Play and Apple App Store) to take a photo and upload your Make right from the app!