The truncated tetrahedron is an Archimedean polyhedron with four equilateral triangles and four regular hexagons. It was drawn by Leonardo for Luca Pacioli's book 'De Divina Proportione' and studied by Kepler in 'Harmonices mundi'.
Leonardo da Vinci made several drawings of polyhedra for Luca Pacioli's book 'De divina proportione'. Here we can see an adaptation of the truncated tetrahedron.
You can read Kepler's book 'Harmonices Mundi' in Posner Library Collection. We know how to calculate the volume of a tetrahedron. To calculate the volume of a truncated tetrahedron the main idea is: We want to calculate the volume of a truncated tetrahedron of side length 1. We can consider a tetrahedron of side length 3. We need to remember that the volume of a tetrahedron of side length a is: Then we start with a tetrahedron of side length 3. Its volume is: Now we need the volume of a tetrahedron of side length 1: The volume of a truncated tetrahedron of side lenght 1 is: You can control how deep is the truncation: You get the octahedron as an extreme case: You can play with transparency to get beautiful projections:
Durer was the first to publish a plane net of a truncated tetrahedron:
REFERENCES
W.W. Rouse Ball and H.S.M. Coxeter  'Matematical Recreations & Essays', The MacMillan Company, 1947.
Magnus Wenninger  'Polyhedron Models', Cambridge University Press.
Peter R. Cromwell  'Polyhedra', Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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Some properties of this platonic solid and how it is related to the golden ratio. Constructing dodecahedra using different techniques.
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A cuboctahedron is an Archimedean solid. It can be seen as made by cutting off the corners of a cube.
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Leonardo da Vinci made several drawings of polyhedra for Luca Pacioli's book 'De divina proportione'. Here we can see an adaptation of the truncated octahedron.
Leonardo da Vinci made several drawings of polyhedra for Luca Pacioli's book 'De divina proportione'. Here we can see an adaptation of the cuboctahedron.
Leonardo da Vinci made several drawings of polyhedra for Luca Pacioli's book 'De divina proportione'. Here we can see an adaptation of the stellated octahedron (stella octangula).
Leonardo da Vinci made several drawings of polyhedra for Luca Pacioli's book 'De divina proportione'. Here we can see an adaptation of the dodecahedron.
