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"A great library burned to the ground"

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We received sad news yesterday.

Friends,

Marc Pelletier, Zometool founder and the man who understood Steve Baer’s 31-zone system better than anyone in this part of the galaxy, died last night. Our appreciation for his contribution to humanity can only grow.

Paul H.

It is our hope that Marc's considerable gifts will live forever.

May he rest in peace.

SketchFab

We are looking at this interesting technology for model display.  MG-42 52 01-BYR-EXT by zometool on Sketchfab https://skfb.ly/6npvV

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Sierpinski Tetrahedron

Chris Hill, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at St. Bonaventure University has been overseeing a project over the past several months; groups of middle school students from the Allegany-Limestone, Hinsdale, Olean, and Portville school districts in western New York have been working to build a stage-6 Sierpinski tetrahedron using Zometool.In each district, a group of about [...]

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Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Buckyball's discovery.

The Buckyball was first observed on September 2nd, 1984.The properties of the molecule were surprising and its structure a mystery. Close to midnight on September 9th, Smalley hit on the geometric shape most likely to embody their discovery; the truncated icosahedron.In 1996 Smalley, Kroto, and Curl won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The presenter of [...]

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Design 5 — one of Forbes' "Top 10 Father's Day Gifts"

We were honored to be included in Forbes' list of Top Ten Father's day gifts y Jenn Choi.The Design 5 kit is a toy that grown-ups may enjoy more than the kids. The colors are just in black and white but it functions just like the color-coordinated Zometools that can make those breath-taking 3D [...]

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2.5 million Euros —The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize 2014

Congratulations to Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Leif Kobbelt, computer science / computer graphics, of RWTH AachenThe Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize is the most important research prize in Germany. The Leibniz Programme, which was established in 1985, aims to improve the working conditions of outstanding scientists to expand their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks and [...]

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Amazing App: Zometool Shape Approximation

A team from RWTH Aachen University in Germany has developed an app to generate Zometool meshes from 3D models."Our research in this project focuses on discrete optimization methods in order to use this construction system for the approximation and represention of general (freeform) shapes. The representation (Zome-Mesh) has the form of a polygon mesh with [...]

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From Children's Technology Review

The good folk at Children's Technology Review posted this short video of a bubble demonstration at our booth in the 2014 NY Toy fair:http://youtu.be/LDoL2LR_MuA

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Patrick Honner and his students celebrate Pi Day with Zometool

Explore the value of “Pi” for various Zometool-constructible solidsInspired!"So when I recently re-watched James Tanton’s brilliant video “What is Pi for a Square?“, the idea hit me: for Pi Day, students could explore the value of “Pi” for various Zometool-constructible solids!"See the full post here:http://zmtl.us/wjt

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Neuroscientists discover a new class of polyhedra

The new shapes belong to  a well-known category of shapes called fullerenes. However, unlike most previously known fullerenes, the new shapes’ hundreds of faces are flat rather than warped, and the atoms in the molecule are equally spaced.Below we see how the new shapes can more closely approach a spherical shape than classical fullerenes (right):— MOLECULAR [...]

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