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Regular dodecahedron
Figure 1: Regular dodecahedron

A dodecahedron is a twelve faced polyhedron.[1] A regular dodecahedron has twelve faces, each of which is a regular pentagon. A regular dodecahedron has 60 vertices.

In nature, a dodecahedron is found in the carbon molecule buckminsterfullerine. A carbon atom is at each vertex of a dodecahedron in a molecule of buckminsterfullerine.

Dodecahedron net
Figure 2: Regular dodecahedron net
Figure 2 shows the geometric net of a regular dodecahedron. For a printable regular dodecahedron net you can make yourself, click here.


  1. dodecahedron. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08).
  2. Stöcker, K.H.. The Elements of Constructive Geometry, Inductively Presented, pp 49-50. Translated by Noetling, William A.M, C.E.. Silver, Burdett & Company, 1897. (Accessed: 2009-12-31).

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  • McAdams, David. Dodecahedron Net. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 2009-03-12.

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