Interlocking Puzzle Pieces and other Geometric Toys
3d ball-and-stick geometric construction kit.
- Delta Blocks.
Hop David discusses ideas for manufacturing building blocks based on
the tetrahedron-octahedron space tiling depicted in Escher's "Flatworms".
- Design Science Toys.
- Die-cast metal polyhedra
available for sale from Pedagoguery Software.
multicolored magnetic rhombs with angles based on multiples of pi/7.
- Happy cubes and other three-dimensional polyomino puzzles.
- Interlocking Puzzles LLC
are makers of hand crafted hardwood puzzles including burrs,
pentominoes, and polyhedra.
- Jovo Click 'n Construct.
Plastic click-together triangular, square, and pentagonal tiles for
building models of polyhedra and polygonal tilings.
Includes a mathematical model
showing examples of shapes constructable from Jovo.
- Kadon Enterprises,
makers of games and puzzles including polyominoes and Penrose tiles.
Pentominos, Eric Harshbarger. He writes that the hard part was
finding legos in enough different colors.
See also his
- LiveCube polycube puzzle building
lego sculptures and Escher Lego, Andrew Lipson.
- The MindBlock.
Reassemble a chessboard cut into twelve interlocking polyominos.
- Ozzigami tessellations,
papercraft, unfolded peel-n-stick glitter Platonic solids, and more.
patented polychromatic plastic polygons.
geometric construction set system created by Rick Engel.
- Puzzle World
gallery of hand-crafted mechanical puzzles. Includes many geometric
toys and puzzles.
by Eric Harshbarger, mostly involving colors of and mazes on
polyhedra and polyominoes.
Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections.
Stewart T. Coffin's classic book on geometric puzzles,
now available in full text on the internet!
- Qubits, modular geometric building
blocks by architect Mark Burginger, inspired by Fuller's geodesic domes.
- Roger's Connection.
Magnetic construction toy, scientific exploration tool,
executive desk toy, magnet learning tool, architectural design tool,
artistic sculpture system, manual dexterity training, and much more!
(Make geometric shapes out of steel balls and magnet-tipped plastic tubes.)
See also Simon Fraser's
Roger's Connection gallery.
- Rombix geometric puzzle based on dissections of regular polygons into joined pairs of rhombi.
- SpaceBric building blocks
and Windows software based on a tiling of 3d space by congruent
- Space Cubes
plastic geometric modeling puzzle based
on a rectangular Borromean link.
Polyhedron Puzzles. This U.K. company sells unfolded polyhedral
puzzles and space-packing shapes
(including a nice model of the
Weaire-Phelan space-filling foam)
on card-stock, to cut out and build yourself.
a company which makes Puzzellations puzzles, posters, prints, and
kaleidoscopes inspired in part by Escher, Penrose, and Mendelbrot.
- Tobi Toys
Vector Flexor, a flexible cuboctahedron skeleton, and
an origami business card that folds to form a tetrahedron that can be
used as the building block for more complex polyhedra.
- Toys from the Tech
- Zometool. The 31-zone structural system for constructing
"mathematical models, from tilings to hyperspace projections, as well as
molecular models of quasicrystals and fullerenes, and architectural
space frame structures".
- Frank Zubek's
Elusive Cube. Magnetic tetrahedra connect to form dissections of
cubes and many other shapes.
From the Geometry Junkyard,
and recreational geometry pointers.
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