The seniors don’t go to school on the last day, so I had calculus class on Friday with one student (a junior). We went down to the innovations lab to create things. Here’s what we worked on:

Took this sketch from dailydesmos:

I had the student work on the solution after talking about superellipses (or the better name, squircles).

When he finished the solution, we modified it to get this sketch:

and we decided to try and get a 3D print of this sketch. We started working in madeup (a fantastic beta of a program that takes code and creates 3D models), but found it tricky to graph the function. Went back to desmos to get this sketch where we could figure out how to get the specific coordinates of points along the curve.

Fiddled around for a bit to get this result:

Here’s the code:

to abs x = if x > 0 then x else -x to func t_ a_ if (t_ < 0) t_ = t_ * -1 end out = a_ - t_ ^ 4 if (out < 0) out = abs out out = out ^ (0.2) out = - out else out = out ^ (0.2) end out end a = 20 h = 0 while a > 0 t = -3 while t < 3 x = t y = func t,a moveto x,y,h t = t + 0.025 end h = h + 0.1 extrude 0,0,1,-0.1 a = a - 1 end

Then click on the solidify button and download the model.

Send to makerbot, and pick up first thing monday!

I like how that solidify feature works. I’m sure it took more than 4 hours huh.

Yea I think that print took 8 hour or so 🙂