3D Printing Mathematical Formulas

Grades 9-12
  • Art Art
  • Math Math


Creating a physical model of a mathematical formula can make the intangible tangible and help students understand difficult concepts.

An isosurface is a three-dimensional analog of an isoline. It is a surface that represents points of a constant value (e.g. pressure, temperature, velocity, density) within a volume of space.I t is a level set of a continuous function whose domain is 3D-space.

You can think of isosurfaces as contours. In the same way that a usual contour map plots vertical two-dimensional "slices" of a three-dimensional surface, isosurfaces would be the three-dimensional slices of some higher-dimensional function.


  • Understand mathematical equations.
  • Be able to use MathMod, Blender and Meshmixer to create and prepare 3D models for 3D printing
  • Be able to explain the elements of an algebraic equation.
  • Be able to control a surface through manipulating a mathematical equation.


  • 3D printer
  • Access to the internet
  • Applications: MathMod, Blender and Meshmmixer