Friday, May 6, 2011

What's in Our May Projects?

If you're a subscriber to our Projects of the Month, here's what you'll be getting when the projects go out on May 15:

Baseball Diamond

Spring means baseball (at least for those of us in the US), and laying out a baseball field is a great exercise in geometric thinking. Once you know the distance between bases, the radii of the arcs at the bases and pitcher's mound, plus a few more measurements, you can easily create your field.

DNA Helix

A few people have requested this project, and once I got into it, I saw that it was a bit more involved than I expected (it's been a long time since I took a biology class!) So I've broken this into two projects: Part 1 is included in May and Part 2 will go out in June.

Part 1 shows how to create the "skeleton" of the two helixes plus the base pairs between them.

Part 2 will show how to transform the skeleton into the 3D model.

Painting Wallpaper
Any digital image can be used to paint a face in a tiling pattern. This project shows how to take a wallpaper swatch from the Internet or your digital camera, and use it to paint a wall. You'll also see how to handle images that don't tile seamlessly.

The subscription is a mere $36 for 12 monthly sets of 3 projects. You can sign up here.

Anyone can design anything in 3D!

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