3D-printed math and science sculptures

Bathsheba Grossman is a sculptor who uses cutting-edge technology to render math- and science-inspired shapes in three dimensions. You can buy 3D-printed laser-cut metal ones, or order them in plastic at lower costs from ShapeWays. That sound you hear is my jaw scraping my keyboard.

Bathsheba Sculpture - Math Models (Thanks, Nalo!)


  1. I have two of these (in plastic, alas, couldn’t justify the cost of the metal ones) on my desk here at work. I love them very much; and they’re always an eye-catcher when folks come by the desk.

    Bathsheba Grossman’s work is a delight to both have and hold; and one of the real delights is in inspecting these pieces from different angles in your hand, seeing the different facets and beautiful surprises waiting to be found.

    Disclaimer: I have no connection with the artist, his work, or shapeways. I just really like math art, and these have long been favorites.

  2. You say: 3D-printed laser-cut metal

    I think these would be 3D printed using a alloy dust – then fired in a kiln to vitrify.

    Could be wrong but I don’t think laser cutting figures into this process.


    1. Comedian, trust me, since I’ve had to apologize to my grandmother nearly every day for most of my life: used after traveling the fourth dimension, it does certainly not act like one.

  3. We saw her work at a show in Jamaica Plain a couple of years ago. The full-size sculptures are fabulous. A friend got us one of the little infolded spheres for a wedding gift, and we quite adore it.

  4. Bathsheba is not limited to the metal/plastic sculptures described above. She also makes available mathematical/geometric objects that are laser etched into the contents of crystal cubes and other shapes. One of the most wonderful is the rendering there of the 3D shadow of an 8 dimensional object — the E8 Polytope. You can see it here: http://www.bathsheba.com/crystal/e8/

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