Cluster of Fifteen Decorated and Tightly-packed Truncated Octahedra

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Cluster of Fifteen Decorated and Tightly-packed Truncated Octahedra

This cluster was made of the same polyhedron from the previous post, repeated in a space-filling pattern, similar to a tessellation, but in three dimensions. The truncated octahedron has the property, unusual among polyhedra, that it can fill space without leaving any gaps. One of the fifteen truncated octahedra is i the center of the cluster, while another is attached to each of the central polyhedron’s fourteen faces.

Software used to create this includes three separate programs: Geometer’s Sketchpad, MS-Paint, and Stella 4d. This third program may tried for free, and/or purchased, at http://www.software3d.com/stella.php.

Truncated Octahedron Carousel

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Truncated Octahedron Carousel

The image on each face of this truncated octahedron is the one found in a previous post here, named Ten Circles, and was created with the use of two programs, Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint. As you’ll notice if you view other posts made today, though, the color scheme has been altered for this polyhedron.

Placing this image on each face of this polyhedron, as well as creating this rotating .gif file, required use of a third program, Stella 4d. This program may tried and/or purchased at http://www.software3d.com/stella.php. Unlike in the previous post, the images were “told” to stay upright while the polyhedron its rotates, creating a rotational effect in the yellow hexagonal faces, but a different effect in the red square faces. As far as I can tell, this is due to their different orientation in space, relative to the axis of rotation.