If You Have Enough Platonic Dodecahedra Around, and Glue Them Together Just Right, You Can Make a Rhombic Triacontahedron.

Aren’t you glad to know that? As soon as I found out isocahedra can form a rhombic dodecahedron (see last post), I knew this would be true as well. Why? Zome explains why, actually. It’s at http://www.zometool.com. Anything buildable with yellow Zome can be built out of icosahedra. Dodecahedra con form anything buildable with red Zome. Finally, if you can make it with blue Zome, it can be built out of rhombic triacontahedra. It follows that rhombicosidoecahedra can build anything Zome-constructable — but one look at a Zomeball makes that easy to believe, since Zomeballs are modified rhombicosidodecahedra.

Anyway, here’s the rhombic triacontahedron, made of dodecahedra:

Augmented Dodeca

[Image created with Stella 4d; see http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php for more info re: this program.]

A Compound of Three Square Dipyramids

The reason I am not calling this a compound of three octahedra is that the faces of the dipyramids aren’t quite equilateral. They are, however, isosceles.

compound of three square dipyramids

This was created with Stella 4d, which you can buy, or try for free, right here.