How to Make a Hexastix!
Figure 59: Hexastix 28 pencils.
Hexastix is a symmetric arrangements of non-intersecting prisms that lie on the body-centered cubic lattice. Hexastix can be modeled with a variety of materials (post 5), pencils will be used in this example, but any uniform rod or stick can be used. The pattern followed will direct the overall symmetric construction in a hexastix. Only the compression from rubber bands and the friction of the sticks will be used to make a beautiful and complex mathematical model of hexastix.
Figure 60: Hexastix 28 pencils.
Materials: 28 uniform sticks, 8 rubber bands, glue (optional).
To start, 7 sticks are brought together and bound on both ends with rubber bands to make a small bundle, Step 1: figure 61.
Figure 61: Hexastix steps 1-15.
Congratulations! You now know how to make a simple hexastix model. These basic principles can be expanded upon and used to make even more complicated structures and an infinite array of novel designs.
Figure 62: Hexastix 28 pencils.
More hexastix patterns and modeling examples coming in the next blog posts.
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