How to build polyhedra with cardboard drawing polygons

This is a useful technique to build complex polyhedra. You do not need to draw the complete plane net. And our polyhedron can have different colors.

You can download and print in different colors to build a lot of beautiful polyhedra:

Truncated Tetrahedron
The truncated tetrahedron is an Archimedean solid made by 4 triangles and 4 hexagons.

Durer was the first to publish a plane net of a truncated tetrahedron:

Cuboctahedron
A cuboctahedron is an Archimedean solid. It can be seen as made by cutting off the corners of a cube.
A cuboctahedron is an Archimedean solid. It can be seen as made by cutting off the corners of an octahedron.

It was Durer the first to publish plane nets of polyhedra. In his book 'Underweysung der Messung' ('Four Books of Measurement', published in 1525) the author draw plane developments of several Platonic and Archimedean solids, for example, this cuboctahedron:

Truncated Octahedron
The truncated octahedron is an Archimedean solid. It has 8 regular hexagonal faces and 6 square faces. Its volume can be calculated knowing the volume of an octahedron.

This is the plane net of a truncated octahedron:

More examples

I learned this technique in Wenninger's book. In those times I did not have easy access to a printer:

REFERENCES

Magnus Wenninger - 'Polyhedron Models', Cambridge University Press.
Hugo Steinhaus - Mathematical Snapshots - Oxford University Press - Third Edition (p. 197)
Peter R. Cromwell - 'Polyhedra', Cambridge University Press, 1999.
H.Martin Cundy and A.P. Rollet, 'Mathematical Models', Oxford University Press, Second Edition, 1961 (p. 87).
W.W. Rouse Ball and H.S.M. Coxeter - 'Matematical Recreations & Essays', The MacMillan Company, 1947.

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