How to Assemble the C6XTY

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I’m going to introduce
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you to how to construct the C6XTY ball
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from the six component parts and you’ve
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seen them by now they’ve arrived in the
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mail or a box and we’re gonna at the end
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of this introduction we’re actually
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going to construct the cuboctahedron so
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bear with me but I’m a c60 component is
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actually comprised of two hexagons and
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two Pentagon’s and together they come
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together and you’ll notice that what hat
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what’s happening here is that the that
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there are 12 hexagons occupying this the
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6c 60s so that leaves eight virtual
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hexagons and they are used for this
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locking mechanism so as these three
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pieces come together then this forms the
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sixth the virtual hexagon which holds
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these six pieces together and with the
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palm of your hand you can lock that
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together as such now I use in this
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assembly I use a this is vastly overkill
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but I use a 10 millimeter allen wrench
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and just give that a little cinch the
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palm of my hand is not able to do that
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so I recommend you go out and get a 10
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millimeter wrench I think you’ll find it
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everything goes a little bit easier and
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there it is we’re just going to quickly
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do that assembly so there eight of these
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locking caps now that we’ve completed
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the construction of the c60 let’s begin
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to attach the tension members now
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ultimately this is going to become the
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cuboctahedron so this very first member
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will in fact receive 12 tension
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and then all the others will be arrayed
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around that so let me demonstrate to you
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how that gets constructed I want to show
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you that remind you that we have these
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hexagonal faces and we have pentagonal
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faces the hexagonal faces are in imagine
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them as connectors in a chain-link so we
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will start here and link to their start
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here and then they are so on and so
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forth so they will then be part of a
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line and so I can take any hexagon and
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attach connector it doesn’t matter what
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color I have some baby blue ones here as
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well and then it’s important to remember
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that the next connector then goes in the
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same line so you’ve now attached all the
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tension members and you end up with this
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very awkward looking object but note
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that the tension members are all aligned
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but they are each orthogonal to the
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other so that this has the appearance
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being bounded by a box so those are the
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Cartesian coordinates binding the
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truncated icosahedron into a box now the
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next step is simply to continue with
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this effort but we want to do this with
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the virtual locking ring or the
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hexagonal face up and the reason we do
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that is that that then puts all of the
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tension members into tension so if it
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were in this orientation everything is
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just being stacked on one another much
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like stone piling but if we’re in this
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orientation then everything is going to
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go into
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you’ll see that as soon as the
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cuboctahedron is we’re trying to
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continue along this chain now do think
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of it as a change so here we have link
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and another link and another link and so
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on and so forth only there are links in
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the three planes of the Cartesian
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coordinates so I’m simply going to then
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continue with that so every time I
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position one of the C 60s I need to do
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it in such a manner that the hexagonal
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faces are going to permit the
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continuation now one of the results of
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that is that the virtual locking ring
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hexagonal face will appear north so we
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can put this directly into this location
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here and then grab another and we can
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begin to go throughout the structure and
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just simply following that paradigm
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again we’ve got two hexagonal thick hey
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we’re back and you can see now that
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we’ve introduced the three at the top
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and the three at the bottom very much
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like the bowtie crystals so these are
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essentially the same top and bottom and
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we have some open tension members around
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the middle of this the third layer of
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this so let’s go ahead and begin to
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assemble that layer again note that we
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can see it everywhere so we’re here we
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have a chain of tension members here we
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have a chain of tension members so I’m
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simply continuing that chain and then
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there’s the hexagon ready to have the
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next tension member associated with it
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numbers which complete the stability
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instructor
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so we’re just going to add those and you
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note that if all the orientations are
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correct why you have to do is insert
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these things in there automatically
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aligned with its neighbor so here it is
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I note that this is tension members
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heading off in that direction if I just
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simply look down here keep that
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direction in mind and looked in here and
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it’s already aligned for the next one so
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I can just simply you’re looking at the
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cube Oh octahedron

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