A 3D Printed Model of the Substructure of the Universe

By March 14, 2017March 2nd, 2021Blog

Quantum Gravity Research (QGR) research scientist Russ Gries used his homemade 3D printer (that he has been building from scratch for the past 4 years) to create 3D models of the Quasicrystalline Spin Network, the Planck scale substructure of spacetime we envision and on which we want to model physics.

In order to 3D print this model, QGR research scientist and Mathematica expert Raymond Aschheim took the FIG (Fibonacci IcosaGrid) and generated a computerized schematic of the substructure. The FIG was created by Quantum Gravity Research scientist Fang Fang in 2011. 
Ray took the 20-Group centers in the FIG, made a network of these centers and generated the model in Mathematica. He then provided this model to Russ who optimized it for 3D printing. Ray feels this network is important in supporting Topological Quantum Fields.
This was the first test of this print. And for a test it turned out very well. Better revisions to come… The 3D print was made with FDM printing and the material used cost approximately 15 CENTS!! The plastic is biodegradable PLA.
A few technical notes:
* The larger model is 75mm tall, the medium one is 50mm tall, and the small one is 25mm tall.
* Each layer height is 175 microns.
* The larger one took 7 hours and 7 minutes to print.
* This print is a torture test for FDM Printing. This is one reason why Russ wanted to print it.
Here’s a live stream recording printed on a home-made 3D printer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qmdulsry7k
TO FIND OUT MORE INFO ON RUSS’ 3D PRINTER AND 3D PRINTING RESEARCH: http://rwgresearch.com/open-projects/3d-printing-research/
RUSS’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL:https://www.youtube.com/user/rwg42985