“Fractal Kits”, is an exploration into the development of a digital fabrication based activity structured to result in appreciation and understanding of fractal geometry and structures. It is a software tool for exploring the properties of “fractal” geometry, both on the screen and by creating a file that can be directly sent to a laser cutter to generate pieces that act as a construction kit for creating the physical structure of the fractal image generated by the user in the software. The software gives the capability to the user to tweak parameters of the fractal to generate fractals with different properties and thus facilitates in the overall understanding of the concept. Putting the parts together is a hands on activity aimed for the users to appreciate the evolution of the 3D fractal structure by actually constructing it from scratch and understanding the self-repeating structure involved in it.
I presented the work at FabLearn, Stanford in 2013. Go through the paper here.
The following images show the work process and the outputs produced: