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Mandelbrot picture

by tc_fea, published

Mandelbrot picture by tc_fea Nov 29, 2012

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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.

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Not just incredible complexity, but Infinite complexity! No 3d printer or computer for that matter will ever do it justice. Very cool though, and immediately recognizable. A colored render will be a perfect torture test for the full color 3d printers of the (hopefully not too distant) future.

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Sorry for the large (121 Mb) .stl file, but I did not have a good way to simplify the mesh.
Not just incredible complexity, but Infinite complexity! No 3d printer or computer for that matter will ever do it justice. Very cool though, and immediately recognizable. A colored render will be a perfect torture test for the full color 3d printers of the (hopefully not too distant) future.
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