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John Thurmond

Genre/Medium: Digital, 3D Printed PLA Plastic, and OpenSCAD code

As the actual composition and origin of Psyche is a bit of a puzzle, I thought it was appropriate to turn the 3D conceptual model into a bit of a puzzle. This model also evokes the metallic nature of the asteroid by turning it in a series of gears, which are typically made out of metal. The gears all turn to disrupt the shape of the asteroid, and ultimately bring it back together again.

The 3D files to print your own and the OpenSCAD code to generate the model are all available here:

This work, “Psyche Gears”, is a derivative of “Concept model of asteroid Pysche” by Lindy Elkins-Tanton & Peter Rubin, used under CC BY 3.0. Additionally, the OpenSCAD code is a derivative of “Three Heart Gears” by Emmett Lalish, used under CC BY-SA 3.0. Both the underlying OpenSCAD code and 3D model for “Psyche Gears” are licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by John Thurmond.

Date Added: 08-01-2019