# Truncating the Rhombic Triacontahedron

This is the rhombic triacontahedron, one of the Catalan solids.

Now here’s the same polyhedron, but with the three-valent vertices truncated, exposing twenty triangular faces.

Here’s what it looks like with only the twelve five-valent vertices truncated.

Finally, here’s the fully truncated rhombic triacontahedron.

I created these polyhedra using Stella 4d, a program you can try for free right here.

# A Zome Model of the Compound of the Icosidodecahedron and Its Dual, the Rhombic Triacontahedron

The polyhedral compound above contains an icosidodecahedron (blue) and a rhombic triacontahedron (red). In this compound, the icosidodecahedron’s edges are bisected, while the rhombic triacontahedron’s edges are split into segments with lengths in the square of the golden ratio (~2.618 to 1).

If you want Zome of your own, the place to buy it is http://www.zometool.com.

# Two Rhombic Triacontahedra, Each Decorated with Birthday Stars

In yesterday’s post, I unveiled my annual birthday star for my new age, 54. Today, I’m placing that 54-pointed star on each of the thirty faces of a rhombic triacontahedron. I use a program called Stella 4d (free trial available right here) to do this, and it allows images on polyhedron-faces to either be placed inside the face, or around the face. Here’s the “inside” version:

And here is the “around each face” version:

Which one do you like better?

# An Intermediate Form Between the Icosidodecahedron and the Rhombic Triacontahedron

This polyhedron combines the faces of an icosidodecahedron (red and blue) with the those of a rhombic triacontahedron (green). The gaps between those two sets of polygons are the yellow rectangles. I made this using the “morph duals by expansion” function of Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try this program for yourself, free of charge, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

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

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.

# A Toroidal Truncated Icosahedron

The components of this toroid are sixty rhombic triacontahedra, as well as ninety rhombic prisms with lateral edges three times as long as their base edges. I made this using Stella 4d, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

# A Rhombic Triacontahedron, Covered with Tessellations

The tessellations of the faces of this rhombic triacontahedron first appeared in my last post here. For putting the whole thing together and creating this rotating .gif, I used a program called Stella 4d. If you want to, you can try Stella for free at this website.

# A Rhombic Triacontahedron, Decorated with Geometric Artwork

To make this rotating .gif, I navigated to the rhombic triacontahedron in Stella 4d, and then loaded images onto its thirty faces, with the image being the one I blogged in the post right before this one. This program, Stella, has a free trial download you can get right here.

# A Rhombic Triacontahedron, Constructed From Other Polyhedra

The components of this toroidal polyhedron are 32 rhombicosidodecahedra, 120 pentagonal prisms, and 60 dodecahedra. I assembled it using Stella 4d, a program you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. Three different coloring-schemes are shown here.

# A Compound of the Rhombic Triacontahedron and a Truncation of the Dodecahedron

Created with Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.