The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

This compound is unusual in that it is most attractive as a ball-and-stick model, with the faces rendered invisible, rather than the traditional coloring for compounds. In the traditional coloring, no faces are hidden, and each component of the compound is given faces of a different color. Here’s the same compound, rendered in the traditional manner:

RD 5

Of course, matters of aesthetics are not subject to mathematical proof. Some might prefer the second version to the first.

Software credit:  please see to try or buy Stella 4d, the software I use to make these polyhedral images.

5 thoughts on “The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

  1. Thank you very much for the rapid response to my question. Alone Google was finding two income it brings over of the topic of the Rhombic five compound: his and interactive one of Wolfram. Robert Webb’s software I believe that it has a database with model multitude and am going to unload the version of trial. It is very instructive a model dismounts mentally, studying all his mathematical properties. Later with all the information deduced of this work, one itself draws with the help of CAD’s simple program the development 3D of the model and the net in cardboard, instead of which they give it already solved to print.
    My regards and congratulations for his blog


    • Thank you — I was glad to do it. However, I do need to clarify one thing . . . this isn’t Robert Webb’s blog. I use his program a lot, we are friends, and we share a first name, but we’re two different people. We even live on opposite sides of the planet, in fact!


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