The first Lux Blox model I posted on this blog was an octahedron. After a little more practice, though, I have an improved model of this polyhedron to show here.
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This is the first model I built with Lux Blox, a modeling-system I’ve been checking out. If you’d like to try Lux for yourself, the website to visit to get them is https://www.luxblox.com/.
This is an octahedron with an edge length of two. The eight triangular faces are blue, while the edges of the octahedron are orange. Apart from their colors, all these pieces are identical — the basic Lux block, also known as a Lux square. With just this one block, you can build literally millions of things. I’m into polyhedra, so that’s what I’ll be building a lot of, but someone obsessed with dinosaurs could build models of those, as well. Lux Blox are that versatile.
The images above and below show the same Lux polyhedron, viewed from different angles.
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.
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.
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.
This was created using Stella 4d, software you may try for free at this website.
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.
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.
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.
I made this rotating virtual model using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for yourself at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. This solid is different from most two-part polyhedral compounds because an unusually high fraction of one polyhedron, the yellow octahedron, is hidden inside the compound’s other component.