A Polyhedral Journey, Starting with the Compound of Five Dodecahedra

This is the compound of five dodecahedra, a shape which is included in the built-in polyhedral library of Stella 4d, a program you can try for yourself, free, right here.

I wanted to see what I could make, starting from this compound. My first modification to it was to create its convex hull, which is shown below.

The next move was to use Stella‘s “Try to Make Faces Regular” function, which produced this:

Next, I augmented this figure’s thirty yellow rhombi with prisms.

I then created the convex hull of this augmented polyhedron.

Next, I used the “Try to Make Faces Regular” function again, producing a solid that looks, to me, like a hybrid of the rhombicosidodecahedron and the rhombic triacontahedron.

This polyhedron has yellow faces that are almost squares. Careful inspection reveals that they are actually isosceles trapezoids. The next thing I did was to augment each of these trapezoids with a tall prism.

The next step was to, again, create the convex hull.

That was the end of this polyhedral journey, but I am confident there will be others.

A Compound of the Rhombic Triacontahedron and a Truncation of the Icosahedron

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In the compound above, the yellow hexagons are not quite regular, which is why I’m calling the yellow-and-orange polyhedron a truncation of the icosahedron, rather than simply the truncated icosahedron. I stumbled upon it while playing with Stella 4d, which you may try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

The Compound of Five Rhombic Dodecahedra

This is the compound of five rhombic dodecahedra, with each component shown in a different color. This is one of the few well-known polyhedral compounds which is actually more attractive with the faces hidden, and that’s what’s shown in the next image.

RD 5

I made these images using Stella 4d: Polyehdron Navigator, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Rhombic Triacontahedron, Vertices Surrounded By Smaller Rhombic Triacontahedra, and Its Interesting Dual

The first image shows a central yellow rhombic triacontahedron, with smaller, blue rhombic triacontahedra attached to each of its thirty-two vertices. The second polyhedron shown is the dual of the first one, with colors chosen by the number of sides per face in the second image — pentagons red, and triangles yellow. The convex hull of this second polyhedral complex shown would be an icosidodecahedron, itself the dual of the rhombic triacontahedron.

I use software called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator to make the rotating polyhedral images on this blog. You can try Stella for yourself, for free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Compound of Six Pentadecagonal Prisms

This chiral polyhedral compound was generated from a partial faceting of the polyhedron shown in the last post here, using Stella 4d‘s faceting function, plus its “try to make faces regular” operation afterwards. Making the six-prism compound in the first place was suggested by Tony Hartley, on Facebook, where I posted a link to that last post in a mathematical group for discussion. Thanks, Tony!

If you’d like to try Stella for yourself, the site to visit for a free trial download is http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Compound of the Icosahedron and the Small Stellated Dodecahedron

I found this by further stellation of the polyhedra shown in the two posts right before this one, using a program called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try Stella for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Compound of the Great Rhombicosidodecahedron and the Small Stellated Dodecahedron

I made this, using Stella 4d (available here), by multiple stellation of the faceted great rhombicosidodecahedron shown in the post immediately before this one.