Buckyball puzzle

by combray, published

Buckyball puzzle by combray Nov 22, 2008

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12 5-sided polygons that fit together to form a dodecahedron. This is probably the smallest buckyball that you could realistically make. There a solid version, and a "wired version", which is way way easier to put together. This is to mess with you geometry-lovers out there.


Version 12 is what you want. This will produce 3 self-contained shapes. You can use them separately, or hang one inside of each other. There are three triangles with holes in it which should let you attach fishing wire on.

File 7 should have everything fit together correctly, and contains 3 different sizes! If everything works out correctly, the smaller ones should be able to hang and rotate within the larger ones!

Files 3 and 4 are earlier drafts. They will fit together correctly, but the shapes are irregular and it will be much harder to assemble. You'll need to have one right side facing and other other reversed.

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I would really help me if you could provide other formats for the drawing files? (obj, dxf,lwo...) Unfortuantely svg is not suppported in my cad app. :(

seriously awesome. i love how you nested the design. ace!

yay! it all fits together!

Cool... did you actually make it? I'm trying to work out how to put notches in the grooves so we can snap it together, rather than the tape -
gt; superglue process that I'm using right now. Once that's in place, it'll be time to print out a bunch of them as give them as xmas gifts...