GeoKit 3006

Posted by James Ziegler on July 11, 2012

Buckyball


This is our version of a Buckyball, named after Buckminster Fuller, part of a molecular family called Buckminsterfullerene

In this kit, pentagons and truncated hexagons are combined to make a spherical truncated icosahedron.  In GeoKit 7 we use planar pentagons and hexagons to make a solid model version of this polyhedron.   

Using 30 folded rhombuses with an acute angle of 61° we make a triakis icosahedron.   This polyhedron has 60 faces. Each folded rhombus makes two triangular faces.