Mar.8, 2013

George w. Hart, a mathematical sculptor and designer, is always looking for interesting subjects and trying to create them with cutting edge technology, showing the world the math is cool.

His recent joint project with Robert Hanson of Towson University, is converting images of frieze patterns and tessellations for example, from M.C. Escher, into 3D-printed rollers for shaping custom-designed cookies.

The rollers can be produced on a desktop 3D printer - Hart printed them in ABS plastic on a Makerbot Replicator. You can simply just roll the roller over your cookie dough before baking. The 3D printed rollers can also be used by ceramicists to apply repeating patterns in their work.

Below are some sugar cookies based on tessellation patterns of M.C. Escher.

(Images credit: George Hart)

The 3D files are made freely available, so anyone can download them and 3D-print rollers for their own favorite frieze patterns.

If you want to make your own patterned cookies, check this paper, written by Robert Hanson and George Hart, "Custom 3D-Printed Rollers for Frieze Pattern Cookies", showing step by step instruction on how to use the software for your own custom roller.

Watch below a great cooking video showing you how to make Escher cookies.







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