R. Buckminster Fuller's Octet Truss

On page 167 of "Inventions, The Patented Works of R. Buckminster Fuller" (St. Martin's Press ©1983) Fuller writes:
"Nature's simplest structural system in the universe is the tetrahedron. The regular tetrahedron does not fill all-space by itself. The octahedron and tetrahedron complement one another to fill all space. Together they produce the simplest, most powerful structural system in the universe . . . .
"It is interesting that at the present time, twenty-two years later, the U.S. government is specifying in its bids for space structures the octet truss (my copyrighted trademark name) for all the main structuring for space stations."
Fuller suggested that the triangular panels shown below could be bolted together or held together by epoxy cement.
Either way they wouldn't make good toys. My panels would make good toys.

The importance of Toys
Most carpenters, engineers, architects and other designers trained in their child hood using
rectangular toys such as Legos˘ or Lincoln Logs˘.
As Fuller points out, other structural systems can
have some advantages over the conventional rectangular.
Designers do not use alternative structural systems as often as they might
because they are less familiar with them.
My toys would make future builders comfortable with
other structural systems than the rectilinear we all know so well.

Hop David
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Hop's Pages:

Delta Blocks Construction toy using octa and tetrahedra.

Tessellating Blocks Blocks that tessellate have the power to approximate any shape.

Escher Tiles. These are some Escher like Tessellations that I have made.

Ram's Horn. A ram's horn spiral plus some spiral tessellations.

Truncated Octahedron Blocks This discusses a three dimensional tessellation that may make a good bridge between the rectangular solid tessellation and the octa/tetrahedral tessellation.

Buckminster Fuller's Octetruss This page briefly discusses Buckminster Fuller's invention based on the octahedron/tetrahedron tessellation. For more on Fuller please go to the Links to Other Folks Pages page.

Other Escher Ideas
Escher Perspective Study This page discusses an Escher observation on perspective. This page features one of my drawings which is a 400K file. May take a little while to download.

Escher Dyson Sphere To me this print by Escher looks like a Dyson Sphere! I wonder what he would have thought of this bizarre interpretation.

Curl-Ups as Robots? I asked a Dutch friend to translate the Escher print "Curl Ups". His comments suggest Curl Ups as robots. His translation and comments are on this page.

Fractals from Kepler's Solids This page discusses a fractal idea I had. Chaim Goodman-Strauss has also come up with this independently, we only recently discovered each other's work. If you want to see Chaim's Dodecafoam, check out the Dodecafoam link on my Links To Other Folks Pages page.

Double Tetrahedron Fractal. A three dimensional  version of the double triangle fractal. This model is incomplete and not very well done. However, I think it suggests an likable family of fractals. This family has an interesting connection with the golden mean.

Some thoughts on Christianity

Links To Other Folk's Pages This is an indeed motley assortment of pages. Lots of good stuff!

Hop's Personal Page A page about me.

Ajo Copper News. Our business, a weekly newspaper

Gabrielle's page My sister's page

My family - This site on my family's geneology and various members was done by Gabrielle.

My Daughter Nellie's Page