Two Zome Compounds: Five Cubes, and Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

The blue figure in the center of this model is the compound of five cubes. If you take a cube, and build pyramids of just the right height on each of that cube’s faces, those pyramids form a rhombic dodecahedron, as seen below.

In the model at the top of this post, yellow rhombic dodecahedra have been built around each cube in the compound of five cubes. The yellow figure in the top is, therefore, the compound of five rhombic dodecahedra.

I made these models out of Zome. If you’d like to try Zome for yourself, the place to go to buy it is

A Zome Model of the Compound of the Icosidodecahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Triacontahedron

The polyhedral compound above contains an icosidodecahedron (blue) and a rhombic triacontahedron (red). In this compound, the icosidodecahedron’s edges are bisected, while the rhombic triacontahedron’s edges are split into segments with lengths in the square of the golden ratio (~2.618 to 1).

If you want Zome of your own, the place to buy it is

Playing with One of Stella’s “Morph Duals” Functions

“Morph Duals By Tilting To Duals” is a Stella 4d feature that I haven’t used much. Here’s what happens if you apply it to an icosahedron, at the 50% morphing level: you get the compound of the icosahedron and its dual, the dodecahedron,

If you apply this same operation a second time, here’s what you get.

This appears to be a three-part compound, with two familiar components: the icosahedron (red) and the dodecahedron (orange). Remove those two components, and you get this:

Since this reminds me of an icosidodecahedron, I colored its faces to better suit that identity.

Little peeks at the edges of the solid above made me suspicious, so I hid these purple and green faces, to see the inner structure. Here’s the result.

I made all of these using Stella 4d, which you can try free at

Compound of Two Stellated Polyhedra

The yellow component of this compound is the small stellated dodecahedron. As for the blue component, I’m not sure what it’s called. I made this using Stella 4d, which you can try for free right here.

The Sixth Stellation of the Triakis Octahedron Is a Three-Part Polyhedral Compound

The components of this compound are eight-faced trapezohedra. Here’s what just one of them looks like:

I made these images using Stella 4d, which you can try for free right here.