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Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only isohedral polyhedron that tiles 3-space (other than the cube)?

Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only face-transitive (or isohedral, i.e. all faces are the same) polyhedron that seamlessly tiles 3-dimensional Euclidean space (other than the cube)? I'm looking ...
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Heptagonal tesselations

Are there any tesselations of the Euclidean plane that use only regular polygons such that one of them is a heptagon? If so, what is the tesselation that uses the fewest different types of polygon ...
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What are the conditions for a polygon to be tessellated?

Upon one of my mathematical journey's (clicking through wikipedia), I encountered one of the most beautiful geometrical concept that I have ever encountered in my 16 and a half years on this oblate ...
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Covering an area equally with layers of non-tesselating polygons

A series of hexagons on an hexagonal lattice means that the every point in the entire area is covered by one polygon only. A grid of octagons will not tesselate, leaving square holes such that 4/18 ...
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Does there exist a tessellation of a 3-D object such that no two objects touch by corner or edge only?

A hex grid is special in 2D geometry because it can tile itself in a way such that any two hexagons that touch a corner must also touch by an edge. This makes it useful for game planning because the ...
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Has anyone discovered a convex space-filling 15-faced polyhedron?

I've been looking for extensive surveys regarding space-filling polyhedra, but have only come across Michael Goldbergs "Convex polyhedral space-fillers of more than twelve faces" from 1979, stating ...
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Nets of Geodesic spheres

I would realize the papercraft of a geodesic sphere like this: It is the dual of the one discussed in THIS OTHER QUESTION . Where can I find the printable nets, or the online resources to create ...
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Why are triangles, squares and hexagons the only polygons with which it is possible to tile a plane?

Ok so I have heard that the only regular polygons which can completely fll the plane without overlaping are the 3,4 and 6 sided ones. I have also heard about penrose tilings but this question ignores ...
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Floret Tessellation of a Sphere

I'm a programmer looking to create a 3D model of a Floret Tessellation of a sphere, like the one in this picture Class III 8,11 floret planar net (source) If anyone could point me in the right ...
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Why a tesselation of the plane by a convex polygon of 7 or more sides is not possible?

I read in several places, including Wikipedia, that a tessellation of the plane by a single, convex, $n-$sided polygon is not possible for $n\geq7$. I was not able to locate a proof, or a paper that ...
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Triangulation on Euclidean Space

I have a couple of questions about triangulations of the Euclidean space: Is it possible to have an infinite triangulation of the Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^2$ such that only a finite number of ...
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Employing optimal packing, how many circles (51 mm diameter) can I cut from a rectangle (330 mm×530 mm)

I know that I should use some kind of honeycomb structure but can't work out in which orientation I should arrange it. I've looked at a few websites now and although I have a slightly better idea of ...
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Rotation of Tetrehedra for 3d Tessellation

I'm trying to render some 3d graphics with a bunch of tetrahedra. I'm trying to figure out how to rotate one tetrahedron such that it will be perfectly face-to-face with another tetrahedron. If this ...
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Can someone explain the math behind tessellation?

Tessellation is fascinating to me, and I've always been amazed by the drawings of M.C.Escher, particularly interesting to me, is how he would've gone about calculating tessellating shapes. In my ...