In the picture there are three 3D models that you can download here. To create all of them, we used the great dodecahedron as the initial 3D model.

If you take a look at the 3D models, you can easily conclude that the second one was based on the first, and the third on the second, i.e., they resulted from playing around in 3D software, with the initial 3D model being the great dodecahedron. We cannot remember if they were modeled in Blender or TopMod because it’s been a long time between the modeling and writing this text.


Math art 3D models based on great dodecahedron
3D CAD software used for modeling


- Topmod for modeling

- Rhino 3D and T-splines plug-in for conversion to NURBS 3D surfaces

Available NURBS and BREP file formats

Surface 3D model - .igs (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification)

Available polygonal mesh file formats



You can try printing them on a 3D printer and display them as shelf decoration (which is no big thing, we must say), or use them for drawing desktop wallpapers or 3D modeling of more complex math art 3D models. The most interesting option is probably to make wooden or stone sculptures out of them. Perhaps this is the only way to turn them into material (real-world) objects that at least have some decorative value.


Submitted by Ceh Jan