Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gyroidal Invinciball

A graphitic gyroid is a hyperbolic object. To make it, we need to introduce octagons at suitable positions on a graphitic sheet, which is similar to the pentagons in the spherical space such as buckyball. In some sense, we can view graphitic gyroid as a kind of "ball" in the hyperbolic space.

Students from the TFGH created this gyroidal invinciball in the hyperbolic space. Unfortunately, they used 0.6mm Nylon strings for the 12mm faceted beads. The structure is too soft to stand on its own.

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