I know I said I was retiring from polyhedrals for a while, but recently found this photoshop plugin that lets you export images to polyhedral shapes. Plus, I had to make a gift for someone…
So, I also thought some of you might be interested in this plugin. Basically, you can take a full panoramic like a map, or in my case, a seamless pattern doodle, and use Flexify to export to a number of polyhedral shapes. I am making a Truncated Icosahedron. There are a boat load of export options, but the polyhedrals are limited to various platonic and Archimedean solids, with a few stellations.
I selected this seamless fall doodle pattern as the base image:
Flexify plugin changes it to this. There is a nice feature where it exports each face to it’s own layer in a new photoshop file.
After some magic in Illustrator to create the SVG file, and a bunch of hours engraving, this is the resulting Truncated Icosahedron.
The 3D printed connectors for a Truncated Icosahedron can be found here: