A Faceting of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron

I made this from the Archimedean Great Rhombicosidodecahedron, using a program called Stella 4d. If you’d like to try Stella for yourself, you can do so, for free, at this website: http://www.software3.com/Stella.php.

A Faceted Rhombicosidodecahedron with 540 Faces

This beauty appeared unexpectedly when I was playing around with polyhedra related to the icosahedron and dodecahedron, using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try this program for yourself, free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Faceted Truncated Octahedron with Twenty Faces

Faceted Trunc Octa

The twenty faces of this polyhedron are six small blue squares, six interpenetrating, larger red squares, and eight irregular, interpenetrating yellow hexagons. I made it using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. The squares are easy to find, but it can be a challenge to see the yellow hexagons. In the .gif below, all of the yellow faces but one are hidden, which should make it easier to see where the hexagons are positioned, relative to the squares.

 

A Faceting of the Rhombicosidodecahedron

I made this faceting of the rhombicosidodecahedron using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try this program out, for free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

One of Many Faceted Versions of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron

The great rhombicosidodecahedron is also known as the truncated icosidodecahedron. I created this faceting of it using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Seven Different Facetings of the Truncated Icosahedron

Trunc Icosa.gif

The polyhedron above is the truncated icosahedron, widely known as the pattern for most soccer balls. In the image below, the faces and edges have been hidden, leaving only the vertices.

Trunc Icosa vertices only

To make a faceted version of this polyhedron, these vertices must be connected in novel ways, creating new edges and faces. There are many faceted versions of this polyhedron, of which seven are shown below.

Faceted Trunc Icosa

Faceted Trunc Icosa 8

Faceted Trunc Icosa 7

Faceted Trunc Icosa 5.gif

Faceted Trunc Icosa 4.gif

Faceted Trunc Icosa 3

Faceted Trunc Icosa 2.gif

I used Stella 4d to make these polyhedral images, and you’re invited to try the program for yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.