Solid of Revolution – Comparing Methods #1

We decided to find a solid of revolution for which both the washer method and cylindrical shell method worked and to model it with both methods. Laura Taalman has done similar designs for shell approximations which can be found here and here

We decided to rotated the area between $$y=x$$ and $$y=x^2$$ about the line $$y=1.25$$. This created a bowl-like object which is curved on the outside, straight on the inside and with a hole at the bottom of the bowl. We split this project up and I created a model of the object using the washer method, while Ryan used the cylindrical shell method. We planned to each use 16 slices/shells so we could compare our two models later.

Creating this object was a very similar process to that of creating the sphere with washers. Since I was using 16 washers and the object has a height of 1, each washer was 1/16 thick. In Cinema4D I used the preprogramed tube object and made each of them to have a height of 1/16. In order to calculate the inner and outer radius of each washer I used the value of middle of each washer, 1/32, 3/32, 5/32, 7/32, etc. I plugged these values into the equation $$f(x)=1.25-x$$ for the inner radius value and $$g(x)=1.24-x^2$$ for the outer radius value. The only other thing I had to change for each was was its height coordinate. My washers in Cinema4D were parallel to the $$xz$$-plane so I adjusted each washer’s $$y$$-coordinate so they would be spread out to the correct height. I increased the $$y$$-coordinate of each was by 1/16 (the height of each washer) from the previous.

Since I used the preprogramed tube object I was unable to use Magic Merge easily to connect these object and instead just used the ‘Connect + Delete’ command under the ‘Mesh’ tab. This means that there are inner walls in my object, but since each washer is relatively small this is not hugely problematic and adds extra support.

I ran into one issue when I was finishing up with my object. The smallest washer (and the last one I created) did not touch the previous washer. All the other washers had been able to lie on top of the previous one since their outer radius was larger than the inner radius of the previous washer. The 15th washer had an inner radius of 0.34375 cm and the 16th washer had an outer radius of 0.31152cm and thus there was a gap. This is due to the fact the bowl is very flat at the bottom.

We decided to remedy this we would just delete the 16th washer and make a note of it here as well as in the description of the object on Thingiverse.

We printed Ryan’s object with cylindrical shells using the Makerbot and the supports on the inside were difficult to remove and didn’t look good. We are currently discussing printing on another printer for these objects and I will update later on how that goes!