Reading your 3D Print

A
C
D
B
E
F
H
G
J
K
L
I
M
N
P
O
Q
S
T
R
U
W
V
X
Z
Y
0
1
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5
2
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9

Use the interactive key above to help read your print.

Color

The color of your shape indicates which of the nine starting colors it belongs to:

Blue
Green
Indigo
Orange
Red
Violet
Yellow
2 White
9 Black

Left/Right Positioning

The left or right positioning indicates which direction your shape is in relation to your starting color.

A is to the left of B
B is a starting color
C is to the right of B

Number of Components

The number of additional components on the starting piece indicate how many spaces away your shape is. Count forwards or backwards to identify your shape.

A has one additional component
It is one space away

D has two additional components
It two spaces away

  • Hex Layout

    Your ANA print is actually created from one half of a hexagon. The half-hexagon is reflected along the middle axis during printing to create a full six-sided hexagon.

    Each half-hexagon contains 3 possible positions to encode data.

    Each position represents the order in which you pressed a key.

    Hitting Spacebar will skip over and leave a position blank.

  • Letter Placement

    Locate the small dome on top of your print. The position directly beneath
    the dome (position 1) is where you can begin to read your print.



    If the letter R is the 1st key pressed, it will get placed in position 1.

    If the letter R is the 5th key pressed, it will get placed in position 5.






    If the letter F is pressed, it will get placed on the position to the left.

    If the letter H is pressed, it will get placed on the position to the right.

  • Example

    In this example NEU.EDU is created.

    Period and all other forms of punctuation create an empty space on the print.

    There are 37 possible characters to choose from: A - Z, 0 - 9, and Spacebar.

    It is possible to create a single print containing up to 36 characters.