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Posted · Would it be possible to turn abstract research data into a printed object? How would it look?

Dear Ultimakers,

I wonder if I can turn abstract research data into a pointcloud, make a STL from it and print it.

Since a gcode consists of a X, Y, Z axis, I think I need three different columns of data of any kind of statistic.

Let's say there is data coming from research in for instance ; deseases, preferably comparative data. Usually this data will be stored in statistics, but I think it could give a new perspective when this data will be turned into a 3D object.

How would it look like? Probably one of the columns will have a timeline, so I guess there will be some diagonal in it.

I tried to figure it out, but maybe there are already examples of this idea. Maybe I bring somebody to a new idea and we can share it. Maybe somebody has data who would like to test it. Maybe somebody has an idea how to turn datacolumns into a gcode. All suggestions or addons are welcome.

Why do I think this is interesting? It is about visualising something that maybe, so far, did not have a shape.

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Posted · Would it be possible to turn abstract research data into a printed object? How would it look?

seen someone print graphs before, but can't find it back.... but there's plenty to find with google... here's a few samples

http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/139463

https://sites.google.com/site/townmath/Home/resources/graph-stl

http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/498745

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