Tristix Designs

There are an infinite number of tristix designs that can be modeled and combined to make unique arrangements (Figures 99-106). The possible options in coloration, pattern, end treatment, material, and shape offer many opportunities for creativity and play.

Figure 99: 72 pencils tristix

Figure 100: 72pencils tristix.

Figure 101: 3 Tristix designs.

Exploring different patterns with tristix can be an enjoyable way to create art and build spatial intuition. A few simple polygons and symbols are shown in figures 99-106 to highlight the variety of shapes that can be used to construct a symmetric tristix arrangement. The patterns in figures 99-101 repeat on each axis, and are shown simplified on a 2-dimensional grid in figure 102.

Figure 102: Tristix 2-D grid with designs of figures 99-101.

Figure 103 : Right and left handed tristix.

Figure 104: Tetrahedral tristix.

Tristix can be joined together in various combinations, much in the same way as the tetrastix and hexastix groupings that were covered in post 8 and post15. Adding tristix together is a modular building technique that can be used to create larger and more complex structures, like the rhombic dodecahedron in figure 105.

Figure 105: Rhombic dodecahedron tristix.

Figure 106: Tristix group.

Now that a few tristix designs have been illustrated, we will look at some of their 2-D grids in the next blog post.

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