Truncated icosahedron from AltDynamic

AltDynamic is back on Kickstarter for the 17th time to launch their new truncated icosahedron. Made from titanium and steel, the frame model was inspired by the 1996 Nobel Prizewinning buckminsterfullerene molecule and is made from a single piece of titanium or steel icosahedral cage depending on your preference. Early supporter contributions are now available for the cutting edge project from around £98 to £80 (depending on current exchange rates).

“Welcome to our 17th Kickstarter campaign! We have a track record on Kickstarter for providing unrivaled customer service and delivering quality products. We are fortunate to share our products with over 7500 supporters worldwide! The creation of the truncated icosahedron is attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician, engineer and astronomer Archimedes (287212 BC) and is classified as an Archimedean solid.

The truncated icosahedron is perhaps the most beloved polyhedron in the world, as it is the basis of the popular configuration of the modern soccer ball. He was also the recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of the C60 molecule, earning the shape the nickname “Buckyball”.

Truncated icosahedron from AltDynamic


“Our goal with this campaign is to build the highest quality wireframe using cutting edge fabrication techniques. Just a few years ago it would have been nearly impossible to create Buckyballs like we do with this level of precision, strength, finish and repeatability. Our Buckyballs are available in 3D printed titanium and stainless steel. While this is not our usual CNC machined AltDynamic product, you can be sure that you are getting a worldclass product worthy of the AltDynamic trademark.”

If the Truncated Icosahedron crowdfunding campaign successfully raises the required target and the project progresses smoothly, worldwide delivery is expected to take place sometime in March 2023. To learn more about the Truncated Icosahedron Desktop Sculptor project, watch the promotional video below.

“Titanium and steel truncated icosahedrons are 2 inches. (51 mm) wide and have almost identical color and gloss. The only noticeable difference between Titanium and Stainless Seel is the density. Although they are geodesic domes with thin sidewalls, they are extremely rigid. We have yet to deform or break one of them during testing, and we expect a load of around 1,000 pounds to actually break it.”

For a complete list of all available support options, stretchable targets, additional media, and other features for the desktop sculptor, visit the official Truncated Icosahedron Crowdfunding Campaign page by following the link below.

Source: Kickstarter

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