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By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics

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Speaking of office supplies, a box of mailing tubes showed up in our Museum of Mathematics office and I couldn’t resist making a geometric construction. All you need to make your own copy are thirty tubes and sixty rubber bands. All the tubes are surrounded similarly. Each touches four others, approximately outlining an icosidodecahedron.

I showed this to Keith Hoffman and he made the same structure from 510 Lego studs and 60 tiny clear rubber bands.

What can you use to make this structure?

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • https://profiles.google.com/jarphabib/ Jarp Habib

    A little extra rubber banding and you could have a nice tensegrity structure there.

  • http://twitter.com/David_Jarman David Jarman

    dildos

  • Anonymous

    thats looks awesome

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaskarreddymule Bhaskar Reddy

     make thing like  this using technology
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  • adam harig

    thats cool

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