Pythagorean Theorem

by mshscott, published

Pythagorean Theorem by mshscott Feb 9, 2014

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I was inspired to create this model for my grade 8 math class, and is a remix of the design by Isos, the chain for the smaller square prints assembled and will ensure that no pieces are lost in your classroom! The model is of the Pythagorean Triple with sides of 3 cm, 4 cm, and 5 cm.

Be sure to share any models you make.

I have added an improved base, that will allow you to assemble into one piece - you won't have to look for the chain or square again!

All parts were designed in Tinkercad links included below:
Base: https://tinkercad.com/things/8KCI2BOjPnM
Chain: https://tinkercad.com/things/07GR4EwqWhq
Square: https://tinkercad.com/things/07GR4EwqWhq


Model has been successfully printed in both PLA and ABS plastic using low settings with rafts.

Instructions for use with the improved base:

  1. Print the chain and square.

  2. While printing the base, you will need to use the "Z Pause Height" feature in the MakerBot menu (or similar feature on your printer). Set the Z Position to 10 mm and turn Pause Active on.

  3. Once paused, place the chain and square on the base in the correct orientation and resume printing.

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So cool! Great for tactile and visual learners! What a great implementation of 3D printing for education. Prints nice and easy too.

how do you use the z pause height feature I cannot find anything as to how it works

What is the purpose of the sliding elements? (I feel dumb now)

This illustrates physically that A^2+B^2=C^2.
The two short sides of the triangle have sides of 3cm and 4cm.
The sliding square piece is 4^2 (a physical square)
The chain parts make a 3x3 square, and can be wrapped around the 4x4 square to make the 5x5 square for the "C" hypotenuse side of the triangle.

Thanks for that :)

You remind me of myself when it comes to school projects. "All right you want a mobile with 4 pictures describing energy? TO THE 3D PRINTER!!!!"

My school follows the same corruculum in this case.. Just learned about this.

i think very visually, and spatially. if my electronics teacher was able to explain this and this way, i would have known what he was talking about. this is a perfect demo.

This is an amazing model, and I am currently printing it to teach visually impaired students with. If possible could I host it on my website as well? http://librarylyna.comlibrarylyna.com

Please do! I'm hope that it has been useful.