Octahedra and Truncated Cubes Can Fill Space Without Leaving Any Gaps

Augmented Trunc Cube

I created this using Stella 4d, which you can try for free right here. It’s much like a tessellation, but in three dimensions instead of two.

Octahedra and Cuboctahedra Can Fill Space Without Leaving Any Gaps

Augmented Cubocta

I created this image using Stella 4d, which you can try for free right here. It’s much like a tessellation, but in three dimensions instead of two.

Honeycomb Made of Cuboctahedra and Octahedra

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This is the three-dimensional version of what is called a tessellation in two dimensions. It fills space, and can be continued in all directions.

Software used: Stella 4d, available here.

A Space-Filling Lattice of Truncated Octahedra

augmented-trunc-octa

Truncated octahedra are among the special polyhedra which can fill space without leaving any gaps. There are others, as well. This image was created using Stella 4d, software you may try, for yourself, right here. There is a free “try it before you buy it” download available.

Bowtie Cubes in a Polyhedral Honeycomb

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This polyhedron has been described here as a “bowtie cube.” It is possible to augment its six dodecagonal faces with additional bowtie cubes. Also, the bowtie cube’s hexagonal faces may be augmented by truncated octahedra.

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These two polyhedra “tessellate” space, together which square pyramidal bifrustrums, meeting in pairs, which fill the blue-and-green “holes” seen above. This last image shows more of the “honeycomb” produced after yet more of these same polyhedra have been added.

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This pattern may be expanded into space without limit. I discovered it while playing with Stella 4d, software you may try for free at this website.  

 

 

A Space-Filling Arrangement of Polyhedra Using Truncated Cubes, Rhombcuboctahedra, Cubes, and Octagonal Prisms

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms

This image above has only one polyhedron-type hidden from view, in the center:  a red truncated cube. Next, more of this pattern I just found will be added.

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The next step will be to add another layer of blue octagonal prisms.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 3And now, more yellow cubes.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 4This was an accidental discovery I made, just messing around with Stella 4d, a program you may try for yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. The next cells added will be red truncated cubes.

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Next up, I’ll add a set of pink rhombcuboctahedra.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 6The next set of polyhedra added: some yellow cubes, and blue octagonal prisms.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 7Now I’ll add more of the red truncated cubes.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 8At this point, more yellow cubes are needed.

space filling attempt with RCO and cubes and truncated cubes and octagonal prisms 9The next polyhedra added will be pink rhombcuboctahedra.

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And now, more of the blue octagonal prisms.

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As long as this pattern is followed, this may be continued without limit, filling space, without leaving any gaps.