Truncated cuboctahedron
Truncated cuboctahedron | |
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Truncated cuboctahedron Click on picture for large version. Click here for spinning version. | |
Type | Archimedean |
Faces | 12 squares 8 hexagons 6 octagons |
Edges | 72 |
Vertices | 48 |
Vertex configuration | 4,6,8 |
Symmetry group | octahedral (O_{h}) |
Dual polyhedron | disdyakis dodecahedron |
Properties | convex, semi-regular (vertex-uniform), zonohedron |
The truncated cuboctahedron, or great rhombicuboctahedron, is an Archimedean solid. It has 12 regular square faces, 8 regular hexagonal faces, 6 regular octagonal faces, 48 vertices and 72 edges. Since each of its faces has point symmetry (equivalently, 180° rotational symmetry), the truncated cuboctahedron is a zonohedron.
Note that the name truncated cuboctahedron may be a little misleading. If you truncate a cuboctahedron by cutting the corners off, you do not get an actual regular truncated cuboctahedron: some of the faces will be irregular polygons. However, the resulting figure is topologically equivalent to a truncated cuboctahedron and can always be deformed until the faces are regular. The alternative name great rhombicuboctahedron refers to the fact that the 12 square faces lie in the same planes as the 12 faces of the rhombic dodecahedron which is dual to the cuboctahedron. Compare to small rhombicuboctahedron.
Canonical coordinates
Canonical coordinates for the vertices of a truncated cuboctahedron centered at the origin are all permutations of (±1, ±(1+√2), ±(1+√8)).
See also
External links
- The Uniform Polyhedra
- Virtual Reality Polyhedra The Encyclopedia of Polyhedra