Below are my research papers, PDFs of a selection of the talks I have given, and my favorite .stl files for printing.


Research papers

* - Student

Selected Research talks

3D Printing

Selected 3D printing talks

  • 3D printing for Topology given at: Advances in Quantum and Low Dimensional Topology, Spring 2016 - In this PDF is a guide for people who would like to get into 3D modeling and printing.
  • Exploring Visualizations given at: MathFest, Washington D.C., Summer 2015 - In this PDF is information for people who would like to teach a workshop on 3D modeling and printing, based on my own experiences.

3D printing files

The files in this section are all of my own design, and almost entirely done in Rhino 3D on a mac. Please visit my shapeways store if you would like to order a model and have it shipped to you. If you have your own 3D printer, you can download the models here and print them yourself, for free! Please let me know if you do, I would love to hear your thoughts. If you don't have an application to view the models, below are links to Cura and Slic3r, both of which you can download for free and open .stl files in.

The following link is to OpenJSCAD, where I have written some code to let you visualize the Riemann sum of a function, and you can change the coefficients. There you can also download the stl file for it and print it yourself. It takes a few seconds to load the file.

Creative Commons License
All works under 3D printing files, by Nicholas Owad, are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Sites that will help you learn about 3D printing

Sites and programs to help you create your own 3D model

  • HP 3D Printing Glossary - A useful list of common terms for 3D printing - Thanks to the Lyndhurst STEM Club for suggesting this link.
  • Tinkercad - Free online program to make 3D models - Good for first time modelers
  • OpenSCAD - Open source, free, code based, 3D modeling software
  • OpenJSCAD - Open source, free, online 3D modeler similar to Openscad
  • Rhino 3D - The software I use, it is very clean and professional, has a free 90 trial
  • Blender - Open source 3D modeler and much more.

Sites where you can download a pre-made 3D model

  • Thingiverse - A large, free collection of 3D models - The go to source for a stl file if you aren't making it yourself
  • Thingiverse Alternatives - A review of the sites that could be used instead of Thingiverse.

Slicing your 3D models

  • Cura - Free software used to slice and print 3D models, what I am currently using
  • Slic3r - Free software used to slice and print 3D models

Sites to help you choose a 3D printer that is right for you

I have to unfortunately give a warning here - Do not buy Anycubic Brand printers. They are using open-source software but not disclosing it and profiting off of other people's work that was meant to be available to all.