Muqarnas student activity with 3D printing

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Susanne Tak, Utrecht University


In the U-Talent program at the Freudenthal Institute (Utrecht University) we developed and teach a lesson module about Muqarnas, based on

In the lesson module (aimed at 14/15 year olds), students learn to describe the spatial Muqarnas structure with a vertical projection. This projection forms a tiling pattern. Based on this description, students build their own Muqarnas structure. This structure is based on 12 distinct cells, the vertical projection of which is shown in the attachement in the file called individual cells from paper.

Previously, the students constructed these individual cells from paper, as shown here in the attachment. Files named constructed paper cells.

However, creating the paper cells is time-consuming. Therefore we created 3D models of the Muqarnas cells:

An example

Top down view, see similarly named file.

Front view, see the similarly named file.

Materials and methods

3D printer



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Mini 1612550746063Jyrki commented ago

Fourth grade design teacher here. This week the students who chose to go face to face will be in school four days a week. I am the virtual teacher for the rest of the year for those kids who chose virtual. I can’t make the rest of the world remember the virtual students but I am doing my very best to make them feel loved and cared for. We have fun when they do creative essays and do my homework and sometimes talk about silly things but they are learning and are not forgotten by me.

Ccd02e6bab7655b8cae7542cc4cf0594?default=blank&size=40HenkHietbrink commented ago

The design is great and ready to print!


I created similar designs because I needed additional building blocks

and I needed building plates too.

The link mentioned by Marcella doesn't work.

Take a look on my website to see what you can do with these muqarnas:

For teachers, information on lesson series is here

Have Fun

Mini marcella achter computerMarcella published this design ago