Eric wrote:Short rods are proportionally more powerful and allow you to create volumes with more parts and complexity, but the result is much more compact than with long rods.

Volumes achieved with long rods are always more slender and airy.

Yes, that sums up the dilemma of short vs. long rods. My initial dream was to build a Snub Dodecahedron with long rods. But after many collapses, I decided to be happy with a Snub Cube, and try other setups instead.

Also, I am torn between the compact "cute" look of builds with short rods, and the airyness of builds with long rods. For example, I have built a Snub Cube from short Chinese sticks and 11mm balls, getting it even more compact. But for inspecting the Geometry, the long rods offer a better view through the structure.

In spite of the high weight of the larger steel balls, the Triangular Rhombic Torus builds are very stable, due to the many triangles, and the high symmetry. They are best carried around by gently tilting them up by 90° at one corner, and then reaching underneath the bottom.

I only have limited amounts of short Geomag rods available, so I never tried this kind of build with these. I don't know what diameter might be the limit for these, but it should be similar as for the long ones.

Here are the details for the group shot:

1st order: Grey

· 13 Balls (1")

· 36 Geomag Sticks

2nd order: Petrol

· 24 Balls (1")

· 72 Geomag Sticks

3rd order: Fuchsia

· 36 Balls (22mm)

· 108 Geomag Sticks

4th order: Steel Blue

· 48 Balls (22mm)

· 144 Geomag Sticks