So, @pubultrastar makes a lot of polyhedrons, and his signature style is that they’re held together with screws into 3d printed connectors/vertexes. I have wanted to try to tackle that in a purely laser technique for a while now, and I finally got to it.
I chose what I thought was “simple”, but as it turned out it was pretty tricky. I won’t go too far into it – @pubultrastar probably knows exactly where I ran into problems – but I think it turned out nicely.
Baltic birch and 200 M3x8mm screws. Each vertex assembly is made of 17 pieces (probably overengineered!) and then there are a total of 110 faces, so the total parts count is 450 wood pieces and 200 screws. It was a bear to assemble because I cut it with very tight tolerances and, as I said, probably overengineered the connectors.
Anyway, I’m pretty happy with the end result, glad to have finally gotten to this project. The screw aesthetic is pretty cool, I’ve always admired Pubultrastar’s projects.
Mick has rectangular and triangular faces in addition to the pentagons. He’s not an Archimedean solid because the rectangles are not squares, but if they had been, Mick would be a rhombicosadodecahedron.