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Truncated cube
(Click here for rotating model)
Type Archimedean solid
Uniform polyhedron
Elements F = 14, E = 36, V = 24 (χ = 2)
Faces by sides 8{3}+6{8}
Conway notation tC
Schläfli symbols t{4,3}
Wythoff symbol 2 3 | 4
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png
Symmetry group Oh, B3, [4,3], (*432), order 48
Rotation group O, [4,3]+, (432), order 24
Dihedral angle 3-8: 125°15′51″
8-8: 90°
References U09, C21, W8
Properties Semiregular convex
Polyhedron truncated 6 max.png
Colored faces
Truncated cube vertfig.png
(Vertex figure)
Polyhedron truncated 6 dual.png
Triakis octahedron
(dual polyhedron)
Polyhedron truncated 6 net.svg

In geometry, the truncated cube, or truncated hexahedron, is an Archimedean solid. It has 14 regular faces (6 octagonal and 8 triangular), 36 edges, and 24 vertices.

If the truncated cube has unit edge length, its dual triakis octahedron has edges of lengths 2 and 2 + 2.

Area and volume[edit]

The area A and the volume V of a truncated cube of edge length a are:

Orthogonal projections[edit]

The truncated cube has five special orthogonal projections, centered, on a vertex, on two types of edges, and two types of faces: triangles, and octagons. The last two correspond to the B2 and A2 Coxeter planes.

Orthogonal projections
Centered by Vertex Edge
Polyhedron truncated 6 from blue max.png
Polyhedron truncated 6 from red max.png Polyhedron truncated 6 from yellow max.png
Wireframe Cube t01 v.png Cube t01 e38.png Cube t01 e88.png 3-cube t01 B2.svg 3-cube t01.svg
Dual Dual truncated cube t01 v.png Dual truncated cube t01 e8.png Dual truncated cube t01 e88.png Dual truncated cube t01 B2.png Dual truncated cube t01.png
[2] [2] [2] [4] [6]

Spherical tiling[edit]

The truncated cube can also be represented as a spherical tiling, and projected onto the plane via a stereographic projection. This projection is conformal, preserving angles but not areas or lengths. Straight lines on the sphere are projected as circular arcs on the plane.

Uniform tiling 432-t01.png Truncated cube stereographic projection octagon.png
Truncated cube stereographic projection triangle.png
Orthographic projection Stereographic projections

Cartesian coordinates[edit]

A truncated cube with its octagonal faces divided with a central vertex into triangles and pentagons, creating a topological icosidodecahedron

The following Cartesian coordinates define the vertices of a truncated hexahedron centered at the origin with edge length 2ξ:

ξ, ±1, ±1),
(±1, ±ξ, ±1),
(±1, ±1, ±ξ)

where ξ = 2 − 1.

The parameter ξ can be varied between ±1. A value of 1 produces a cube, 0 produces a cuboctahedron, and negative values produces self-intersecting octagrammic faces.

Truncated cube sequence.png

If the self-intersected portions of the octagrams are removed, leaving squares, and truncating the triangles into hexagons, truncated octahedrons are produced, and the sequence ends with the central squares being reduced to a point, and creating an octahedron.


Dissected truncated cube, with elements expanded apart

The truncated cube can be dissected into a central cube, with six square cupola around each of the cube's faces, and 8 regular tetrahedral in the corners. This dissection can also be seen within the runcic cubic honeycomb, with cube, tetrahedron, and rhombicuboctahedron cells.

This dissection can be used to create a Stewart toroid with all regular faces by removing two square cupola and the central cube. This excavated cube has 16 triangles, 12 squares, and 4 octagons.[1][2]

Excavated truncated cube.png

Vertex arrangement[edit]

It shares the vertex arrangement with three nonconvex uniform polyhedra:

Truncated hexahedron.png
Truncated cube
Uniform great rhombicuboctahedron.png
Nonconvex great rhombicuboctahedron
Great cubicuboctahedron.png
Great cubicuboctahedron
Great rhombihexahedron.png
Great rhombihexahedron

Related polyhedra[edit]

The truncated cube is related to other polyhedra and tlings in symmetry.

The truncated cube is one of a family of uniform polyhedra related to the cube and regular octahedron.

Symmetry mutations[edit]

This polyhedron is topologically related as a part of sequence of uniform truncated polyhedra with vertex configurations (3.2n.2n), and [n,3] Coxeter group symmetry, and a series of polyhedra and tilings n.8.8.

Alternated truncation[edit]

Tetrahedron, its edge truncation, and the truncated cube

Truncating alternating vertices of the cube gives the chamfered tetrahedron, i.e. the edge truncation of the tetrahedron.

Related polytopes[edit]

The truncated cube, is second in a sequence of truncated hypercubes:

Truncated hypercubes
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Octagon Truncated cube Truncated tesseract Truncated 5-cube Truncated 6-cube Truncated 7-cube Truncated 8-cube
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Truncated cubical graph[edit]

Truncated cubical graph
Truncated cubic graph.png
4-fold symmetry schlegel diagram
Vertices 24
Edges 36
Automorphisms 48
Chromatic number 3
Properties Cubic, Hamiltonian, regular, zero-symmetric

In the mathematical field of graph theory, a truncated cubical graph is the graph of vertices and edges of the truncated cube, one of the Archimedean solids. It has 24 vertices and 36 edges, and is a cubic Archimedean graph.[3]

3-cube t01.svg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ B. M. Stewart, Adventures Among the Toroids (1970) ISBN 978-0-686-11936-4
  2. ^
  3. ^ Read, R. C.; Wilson, R. J. (1998), An Atlas of Graphs, Oxford University Press, p. 269 
  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-486-23729-X.  (Section 3-9)
  • Cromwell, P. Polyhedra, CUP hbk (1997), pbk. (1999). Ch.2 p. 79-86 Archimedean solids

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