A Faceting of the Rhombcuboctahedron

Faceted Rhombicubocta

This particular faceting of the rhombcuboctahedron can also be viewed as a cluster of stella octangulae. I made it using Stella 4d, polyhedron-manipulating software you can try, for yourself, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Faceted Great Rhombcuboctahedron


Some prefer to call the great rhombcuboctahedron the “truncated cuboctahedron,” instead. Whichever term you prefer, this is a faceted version of that Archimedean solid. I made it using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, software you may find here.

Unsquashing the Squashed Meta-Great-Rhombcuboctahedron

I noticed that I could arrange eight great rhombcuboctahedra into a ring, but that ring, rather than being regular, resembled an ellipse.

Augmented Trunc Cubocta

I then made a ring of four of these elliptical rings.

Augmented Trunc Cubocta B

After that, I added a few more great rhombcuboctahedra to make a meta-rhombcuboctahedron — that is, a great rhombcuboctahedron made of rhombcuboctahedra. However, it’s squashed. (I believe the official term for this is “oblate,” but “squashed” also works, at least for me.)

Augmented Trunc Cubocta 3

So now I’m wondering if I can make this more regular. In other words, can I “unsquash” it? I notice that even this squashed metapolyhedron has regular rings on two opposite sides, so I make such a ring, and start anew.

Augmented Trunc Cubocta a

I then make a ring of those . . . 

Augmented Trunc Cubocta AA

. . . And, with two more ring-additions, I complete the now-unsquashed meta-great-rhombcuboctahedron. Success!

Augmented Trunc Cubocta AAA

To celebrate my victory, I make one more picture, in “rainbow color mode.”

Augmented Trunc Cubocta AAAR

[All images made using Stella 4d, available here: http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.]

Four Different Facetings of the Great Rhombcuboctahedron

faceted GRCO

Faceted Trunc Cubocta 2

Faceted Trunc Cubocta 4

Faceted Trunc Cubocta

All four of these rotating images were created using software called Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can buy this program, or try it for free, at this website. Faceting is the inverse function of stellation, and involves connecting the vertices of an already-established polyhedron in new ways, to create different polyhedra from the one with which one started. For each of these, the convex hull is the great rhombcuboctahedron, itself.

An Ethical Dilemma Involving a Polyhedral Crystal

I just ordered a crystal rhombcuboctahedron on eBay because I like its geometrical properties, despite the mystical claims in the item listing. I did so with the full knowledge and expectation that these claims are almost certainly false, because, well, they’re mystical claims.


Here’s my ethical dilemma: would it be ethical to lab-test those claims, then post the results in the feedback I leave?

[Image created using Stella 4d, available at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. This isn’t a picture of the crystal on eBay; it is made of quartz, and not rainbow-colored. It is of the same shape, however.]