This periodic table art piece is 3D printed

In an effort to add some depth to the periodic table, there have been attempts in the past to 3D print it, but none have been as visually interesting as this design.

Maker Ezequiel Skorepa created this table to resemble a carbon nanotube with a large cylinder that holds individual elements printed in their own small hexagon.

Skorepa tells us that he chose this shape after abandoning a more traditional square as it was more interesting to look at, and it reduced the overall height of the design.

The final print, which you can see in the gallery below, is still quite large though. It’s around 32 centimetres tall, 20 centimetres in diameter and weighs in at 759 grams.

The 120 pieces that went into this took between 70 and 80 hours to print using different colours of filament to avoid painting. Some acrylic was used, however, in the orange atom detail in the base.

If you’re brave enough to attempt to replicate this project, the files to print it are available for free from both MyMiniFactory and Thingiverse.

You’ll also need to stock up on some ball bearings too as the base rotates. You can see this feature in action in this short video.

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