3D Printing the Universe

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Astrophysicist Miguel Aragón-Calvo at the University of California, Riverside is using 3D-printing technology to understand the universe – its structure, the evolution of cosmic structures within it, and galaxy formation.

“These problems in cosmology are very difficult to visualize, even using computer graphics,” said Miguel Aragón-Calvo, a visiting assistant researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  “By 3D-printing them I am able to interact directly with the models and ‘see’ the problem at once.  In some cases this results in ‘eureka’ moments.”

Recently, Aragón-Calvo was trying to develop an automated method to identify and track the cosmic web across time in computer simulations.

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