The obtetrahedrille as a modular building block for 3D mathematical art

Tom Verhoeff, K. Verhoeff

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We explain how the obtetrahedrille can serve as a versatile building block for 3D structures. In particular, the obtetrahedrille can be used to construct triangular beams in the body-centered cubic lattice, and square beams in the simple cubic lattice. We present a language to describe structures composed from obtetrahedrilles. We show some sculptures that can be constructed from obtetrahedrilles. Finally, we discuss how to magnetize the obtetrahedrilles to allow simple experimentation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Bridges 2019
Subtitle of host publicationMathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture
EditorsSusan Goldstine, Douglas McKenna, Kristóf Fenyvesi
Place of PublicationPhoenix
PublisherTessellations Publishing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-938664-27-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019
Event22nd Annual Bridges Conference: Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture - Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
Duration: 16 Jul 201920 Jul 2019
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd Annual Bridges Conference
Abbreviated titleBridges Linz 2019
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  • Art
  • Sculpture
  • Geometry
  • Math/Logic
  • Origami/Tessellation
  • Pattern/Symmetry/Sets


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