I made these videos using my cell phone and a magnetic ball-and-stick polyhedron building system which my wife bought for me. It’s the sticks that have magnets in them, not the steel balls. First, a triangular dipyramid (n = 3). This is the simplest of the dipyramids.

Next, a square dipyramid, also known as an octahedron (n = 4).

Next, for n = 5, the pentagonal dipyramid.

If you limit yourself to dipyramids that have equilateral triangles for faces, that’s the complete set. Here’s what happens when you try n = 6 — the dipyramid has zero height, and collapses into a pair of isosceles trapezoids when lifted.

To get this to work, you’d need to use isosceles triangles, not equilateral ones. The same is true for n = 7 and greater numbers.

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.

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

The next one is a compound of eight off-center pyramids. By this point, I had gone so far into the stellation-series (a search I began when preparing the post before this one) that I had lost count.

This one is a compound of three short square-based dipyramids:

This one, according to Stella 4d, is a compound of three parts, but I can’t quite figure out what the parts are!

Here is another “mystery compound,” this one with two parts:

Stella 4d, which I used to make these, may be tried here.