Filling Space with Cuboctahedra and Octahedra

To get started packing space with cuboctahedra and octahedra, I started with a single octahedron, then augmented its square faces with additional cuboctahedra.

Next, I augmented each triangular face with a blue octahedron.

Next, I augmented each square face with a cuboctahedron.

Next, I added still more cuboctahedra.

The next step was to augment the yellow triangular faces with blue octahedra.

I next added more cuboctahedra.

This process may be continued without limit. I used a program called Stella 4d to make these models, and you can try this software yourself, for free, at this website.

A Compound of Three Elongated Octahedra

This compound is the 16th stellation of the tetrakis hexahedron, the Catalan solid which is the dual of the Archimedean truncated octahedron. I made it using Stella 4d, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Spectral Octahedra

Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator has a “put models on vertices” function which I used to build this complex of octahedra. If you’d like to try this software for yourself, there is a free trial version available at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Fractured Octahedron

Sometimes, when using Stella 4d (available here) to make various polyhedra, I lose track of how I got from wherever I started to the final step. That happened with this fractured version of an octahedron.

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.

Some Ten-Part Polyhedral Compounds

While examining different facetings of the dodecahedron, I stumbled across one which is also a compound of ten elongated octahedra.

Faceted Dodeca and compound of ten elongated octahedra.gif

Here’s what this compound looks like with the edges and vertices hidden:

Faceted Dodeca and compound of ten elongated octahedra without edges and vertices.gif

Next, I’ll put the edges and vertices back, but hide nine of the ten components of the compound. This makes it easier to see the single elongated octahedron which is still shown.

Faceted Dodeca one part of ten with edges and vertices.gif

Here’s what this elongated octahedron looks like with all those vertices and edges hidden from view.

Faceted Dodeca one part of ten.gif

I made all these polyhedral transformations using Stella 4d, a program you can try for yourself at this website. Stella includes a “measurement mode,” and, using that, I was able to determine that the short edge to long edge ratio in these elongated octahedra is 1:sqrt(2).

The next thing I wanted to try was to make the octahedra regular. Stella has a function for that, too, and here’s the result: a compound of ten regular octahedra.

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My last step in this polyhedral exploration was to form the dual of this solid. Since the octahedron’s dual is the cube, this dual is a compound of ten cubes.

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