Rope Bowls


3D visualization, Sewing


If you look on Etsy, there are many artists selling rope bowls. You just need some clothesline rope, which is actually a misnomer because it’s a type of braided cord, and a sewing machine that can do a zigzag stitch. After sewing a flat circle that looks like a little rope coaster, lift it up at an angle and keep sewing, adding more rope at an angle. This creates the bowl.

In my experience in instructional design in STEM, this is a type of 3D making that can be an entry point for understanding how 3D printers work. Of course you can do the same with some play-dough but the rope is a limitation and an analogy for filament printers.