Thing 004: Stellated Octahedron

February 1st, 2012

The stellated octahedron (octangula stellata) is a shy and noble beast, named by Kepler, kept by Escher, and very difficult to trap intact. My previous attempts had, until today, all ended in gruesome failure:

It was not until the addition of blue painter’s tape to the mechanism that I was able to witness the creature’s complete apparition. The tape’s increased surface area allowed the spritely form to adhere more fervently to the MakerBot’s reification plane, preventing the unavoidable throes of creation from dislodging its grip on our reality prematurely.

All MakerBots should ship with blue painter’s tape.

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