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This package is a curation made based on the poly package found on http://www.netlib.org/polyhedra/ (Original Help message), and the polyhedra database found on http://dmccooey.com/polyhedra, both of which provide polyhedra databases on its own format. As such, Rpolyhedra provides with the following:

  1. A module to scrape the polyhedra for the different sources found with features for incremental correction of issues found and to be found in scraping process.
  2. A database of the scraped polyhedra.
  3. An R6 polyhedron representation with 'rgl' package visualizing capabilities.


For final users, the package provides a common interface for accessing public polyhedra databases, analyze properties, compare and visualize them with RGL.

For advanced users, the package provides a simplified set of R6 objects to scrape and compare polyhedra databases.

library(rgl) library(dplyr) library(Rpolyhedra) setupKnitr()

Get available polyhedra

Once the original files had been processed, a simple call to getAvailablePolyhedra() retrieves a list of the available polyhedra with properties and status in the polyhedra database:

#show only the first 10 polyhedra. head(getAvailablePolyhedra(), n = 10)

Retrieve a polyhedron

The access to a particular polyhedron can be done with a call to getPolyhedron(<<source>>, <<polyhedron.name>>), which returns a Polyhedron object. For example, to retrieve a cube from the netlib database, the call would be:

cube <- getPolyhedron(source = "netlib", polyhedron.name = "cube")

A demo

To try package functionality, a simple demo can be executed which shows the 5 regular polyhedra.

# 1. Obtain 5 regular solids polyhedra.2.draw <- getAvailablePolyhedra(source = "netlib") polyhedra.2.draw <- polyhedra.2.draw %>% filter(scraped.name %in% c("tetrahedron", "octahedron", "cube", "icosahedron", "dodecahedron")) # 2. Setup colors and scales n <- nrow(polyhedra.2.draw) polyhedron.colors <- rainbow(n) polyhedron.scale <- 5 # 3. Open and setup RGL window open3d() par3d(FOV = 1) rgl.bg( sphere =FALSE, fogtype = "none", color=c("black")) rgl.viewpoint(theta = 0, phi=0, zoom=0.8, fov=1) # 4. For each polyhedron, setup rotation, position and render for (i in seq_len(n)) { # Obtain polyhedron polyhedron.row <- polyhedra.2.draw[i,] polyhedron.name <- polyhedron.row$scraped.name polyhedron <- getPolyhedron(source = polyhedron.row$source, polyhedron.name) # Setup angles, position into transformationMatrix current.angle <- i/n * 2 * pi tm <- rotationMatrix(current.angle, 1, 0, 0) x.pos <- round(polyhedron.scale * sin(current.angle), 2) y.pos <- round(polyhedron.scale * cos(current.angle), 2) tm <- tm %*% translationMatrix(x.pos, y.pos, 0) # Render print(paste("Drawing ", polyhedron.name, " rotated ", round(current.angle, 2), " in (1,0,0) axis. Translated to (", x.pos, ",", y.pos, ",0)", " with color ", polyhedron.colors[i], sep = "")) shape.rgl <- polyhedron$getRGLModel(transformation.matrix = tm) shade3d(shape.rgl, color = polyhedron.colors[i]) }