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Lipson's Lego Sculptures

I love to make mathematical Lego® sculptures. They aren't constructed entirely without computer assistance; usually I write some C code to generate whatever the shape is and figure out which cells in a grid made up of 1x1x1 Lego® bricks should be filled in. The code outputs this as an LDraw .DAT file, separated into construction steps adding one complete layer of the structure in each step. Then I use MLCad to view the .DAT file. I play around with the parameters and repeat until I have something that looks nice and which will probably be able to balance. But that's the easy part. Now I have to try to construct it out of actual Lego® bricks so that it actually holds together.
Andrew Lipson


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