I created these faceted polyhedra using *Stella 4d*, a program you can try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

# Tag Archives: truncated octahedron

# Space-Filling Truncated Octahedra in a Rhombic Dodecahedral Cluster

The truncated octahedron is well-known as the only Archimedean solid which can fill space, by itself, without leaving any gaps. The cluster below shows this, and has the overall shape of a rhombic dodecahedron.

It’s easier to see the rhombic dodecahedral shape of this cluster when looking at its convex hull:

Both images here were made using *Stella 4d*, which you can try for free right here.

# A Zonohedron Featuring Hexadecagons

I stumbled upon this zonohedron by adding zones to a truncated octahedron, based on its faces, edges, and vertices. It was created using *Stella 4d*, which you may try for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php. To the best of my recollection, this is the only zonohedron I have seen which includes rhombi, hexagons, octagons, and, of course, the red hexadecagons.

# A Twisted Expansion of the Truncated Octahedron

I made this variant of the truncated octahedron using *Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator*. You may try this program for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

# A Space-Filling Lattice of Truncated Octahedra

Truncated octahedra are among the special polyhedra which can fill space without leaving any gaps. There are others, as well. This image was created using *Stella 4d*, software you may try, for yourself, right here. There is a free “try it before you buy it” download available.

# Bowtie Cubes in a Polyhedral Honeycomb

This polyhedron has been described here as a “bowtie cube.” It is possible to augment its six dodecagonal faces with additional bowtie cubes. Also, the bowtie cube’s hexagonal faces may be augmented by truncated octahedra.

These two polyhedra “tessellate” space, together which square pyramidal bifrustrums, meeting in pairs, which fill the blue-and-green “holes” seen above. This last image shows more of the “honeycomb” produced after yet more of these same polyhedra have been added.

This pattern may be expanded into space without limit. I discovered it while playing with *Stella 4d*, software you may try for free at this website.

# The Compound of the Truncated Octahedron and the Rhombic Dodecahedron

I created this compound using *Stella 4d*, software you may try at this website.