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Soccer Ball, Foldable Dodecahedron, Using Flexible Filament

3D model description

####Soccer Ball, Foldable Dodecahedron, Using Flexible Filament

Update: Added third version upon request

About 50mm in diameter

** A marble or a small object could be locked inside if so desired.**

It takes 12 regular pentagons to make a Platonic dodecahedron, which can be flattened in multiple ways for a net. In this design, I used a net that could be fit easily on a small bed: A star shape plus an extra pentagon. It can be fit on a 140mm x 140 mm bed, up for some rotation or x-y translating, which is usually automatic.

To allow for visual and playful manipulation, I added some pentagonal wedges (10mm and 2mm, respectively). The whole net can be printed well in one piece.

Further, I added some connectors so that the net can be locked up in a soccer ball, if so desired.

Have fun with “making and sharing!”

####Three Versions
1. Foldable dodecahedron without connectors.
2. Foldable dodecahedron with connectors.
3. Foldable Stellated dodecahedron with connectors

  • 3D file format: STL



STEAM educator, learning from and working with K-12 STEAM teachers to explore new ideas of teaching and engagement. I firmly believe ART is at the core of STEM learning or all human learning! I owe my ideas and designs to the hundreds of K-12 children and teachers and university professors I have had the pleasure of working with, in multiple disciplines-- math, science,engineering language arts, social studies, early childhood education and more! All mistakes, of course, are mine! There is no warranty or liability whatsoever implied or explicit behind the designs or ideas. They are all posted for their potential educational values.

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