John Edmark, an inventor/designer/artist that teaches design at Stanford, has created a series of 3D printed “Fibonacci Zoetrope” sculptures that come to life when spun under a strobe light or are captured by a video camera with a very fast shutter speed.
In the hypnotic video above, the 3D printed sculptures are spinning at 550 RPMs while being videotaped at 24 FPS with a shutter speed of 1/4000 sec (instead of using a strobe light). The rotation speed is carefully synchronized to the camera’s frame rate so that one frame of video is captured every time the sculpture turns approximately 137.5 degrees—the golden angle.
Each petal on the sculpture is placed at a unique distance from the top-center of the form. If you follow what appears to be a single petal as it works its way out and down the sculpture, what you are actually seeing is all the petals on the sculpture in the order of their respective distances from the top-center.
For the instructions on how to build your own, check out Edmark’s guide on Instructables.com
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