teaching machines


November 1, 2020 by . Filed under madeup, public.

A month ago one of my sons’ toys inspired me to try and model it in Madeup. Here is the original set of magnetic blocks:

And here is my first attempt at modeling them using Madeup’s dowel command with rounded bends:

Notice the hole in the middle. Given how the rounding is implemented, I was not able to remove it. You can bet that I was haunted by that hole. I took some time to design a new solidifier so that I could create this shape. The solidifier is called table. One feeds it a list of cross sections, all of the same cardinality, and the cross sections are connected together.

The shape generated by table has no hole.

Someday soon I’ll have a more general loft solidifier, which will allow cross sections of different cardinalities.