A Dodecahedron Made of Lux Blox . . . or Is It a Rhombicosidodecahedron?

This is the third polyhedral model I’ve built with Lux Blox, and the first to use the Lux trigons (the black pieces) which were added to the Lux system in 2017. If you view this polyhedron as having orange pentagonal faces, white edges, and black vertices, it’s a dodecahedron. On the other hand, it can be seen as having orange pentagonal faces, white square faces, and black triangular faces, in which case this is a rhombicosidodecahedron.

Lots of us are stuck inside because of COVID-19, and a set of Lux Blox is the perfect tool (or toy, if you prefer) to avoid boredom while we wait this thing out. You can find Lux for sale at www.luxblox.com, and delivery is fast.

A Faceting of the Rhombicosidodecahedron

I made this faceting of the rhombicosidodecahedron using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. You can try this program out, for free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

Simulated Geomag Rhombicosidodecahedron

This rhombicosidodecahedron appears to be made from Geomag pieces, but, in reality, it was made virtually using a program called Stella 4d. You may try Stella, for free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

The Dual of a Geodesic Rhombicosidodecahedron

This polyhedron has, as faces, a dozen regular pentagons, thirty rhombi, and sixty irregular heptagons. I made this using Stella 4d, which is available as a free trial download at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Rhombicosidodecahedron, with the Square Faces Rendered Invisible

This polyhedron’s square faces are hidden from view, so that you can see both the front and back of the solid as it rotates. I made this using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator, which you can try for yourself, free, at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

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The Eighteenth Stellation of the Rhombicosidodecahedron Is an Interesting Polyhedral Compound

Rhombicosidodeca 18th stellation and an interesting compound

The 18th stellation of the rhombicosidodecahedron, shown above, is also an interesting compound. The yellow component of this compound is the rhombic triacontahedron, and the blue-and-red component is a “stretched” form of the truncated icosahedron. 

This was made using Stella 4d, which you can try for free right here.

The Equal-Edge-Length, Pyramid-Augmented Rhombicosidodecahedron

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The only difference between these two images is that the lower one is in “rainbow color mode.” Both were created using Stella 4d, which you can try for free at this website.

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I once made a physical model of this thing, when I was still new to the study of polyhedra. I wish I still had it, but it was lost many years ago.