Rhombicosidodecahedron Maze

What, you ask, is a rhombicosidodecahedron? It's a complex polyhedron that combines perfect triangles, squares, and pentagons, and has several interesting mathematical properties. This is actually a "small rhombicosidodecahedron", and I've decided it's my favorite polyhedron. It shares properties with the dodecahedron, the icosahedron, and the rhombic triacontahedron, among others. Here is the maze: 3D Warehouse model

To solve, use Google Sketchup to rotate the maze. Start at the top and try to get to the bottom. I'll upload the solution after someone attempts it. This is similar to my Cube Maze because you have to orbit it to follow the pathways, but doesn't have any tunnels or holes, so it should be more doable. All of the triangles, squares, and pentagons are made from the same three components, which keeps the file size small. These components can be moved or rotated, which changes the maze. This is actually the third version, and the only one to connect all the pathways with a challenging solution. A helpful tip for solving is to explode all the components (right click -> explode), and then use the paint bucket tool to mark the pathways as you go.


Matthew said...

Bekah, this is super awesome! I downloaded sketchup and this model and tried for a while to solve it, but have yet to succeed. I had fun looking at some of your other things too, but I'm going to look at some more also. Cool stuff, keep making it!

Jana said...

Yes! I did it! At least I think I did . . . I didn't figure out how to do the explode-paint thing, so I can't prove it, but I got from start to finish and then went back again to make sure. Great maze, Bekah!