Hinged dissection of a rhombic solid to the truncated octahedron

Izidor Hafner
Tomislav Zitko
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Trzaska 25 , 1000 Ljubljana , Slovenia
e-mail: izidor.hafner@fe.uni-lj.si

It is well known fact that truncated octaheda fill the space [4, pg. 167]. That it is possible to dissect the truncated octahedron to a cube follows also from [1, pg. 331]. There are known results of dissections from the truncated octahedra [3, pg. 200-205], among them is also its dissection to a cube. Here we present a hinged dissection of a rhombic solid to the truncated octahedron. By "rhombic solid" we mean a solid composed of rhombic dodecahedra (including the case of using halves of rhombic dodecahedron). Our rhombic solid is obtained by putting 12 rhombic dodecahedra, one on each face of a given rhombic dodecahedron and then put additional 6 halves of dodecahedron at axes of four-fold symmetry. So the rhombic solid is composed of 16 rhombic dodecahedra.


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