Truncated trihexagonal tiling

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Truncated trihexagonal tiling
Truncated trihexagonal tiling
Type Semiregular tiling
Vertex configuration Great rhombitrihexagonal tiling vertfig.png
Schläfli symbol tr{6,3} or
Wythoff symbol 2 6 3 |
Coxeter diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel 6.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png
Symmetry p6m, [6,3], (*632)
Rotation symmetry p6, [6,3]+, (632)
Bowers acronym Othat
Dual Kisrhombille tiling
Properties Vertex-transitive

In geometry, the truncated trihexagonal tiling is one of eight semiregular tilings of the Euclidean plane. There are one square, one hexagon, and one dodecagon on each vertex. It has Schläfli symbol of tr{3,6}.

Other names[edit]

  • Great rhombitrihexagonal tiling
  • Rhombitruncated trihexagonal tiling
  • Omnitruncated hexagonal tiling, omnitruncated triangular tiling
  • Conway calls it a truncated hexadeltille, constructed as a truncation operation applied to a trihexagonal tiling (hexadeltille).[1]

Uniform colorings[edit]

There is only one uniform coloring of a truncated trihexagonal tiling, with faces colored by polygon sides. A 2-uniform coloring has two colors of hexagons. 3-uniform colorings can have 3 colors of dodecagons or 3 colors of squares.

1-uniform 2-uniform 3-uniform
Coloring Uniform polyhedron-63-t012.png Uniform polyhedron-63-t012b.png Uniform polyhedron-63-t012c.png Uniform polyhedron-63-t012d.png
Symmetry p6m, [6,3], (*632) p3m1, [3[3]], (*333)

Related 2-uniform tilings[edit]

The truncated trihexagonal tiling has three related 2-uniform tilings, one being a 2-uniform coloring of the semiregular rhombitrihexagonal tiling. The first dissects the hexagons into 6 triangles. The other two dissect the dodecagons into a central hexagon and surrounding triangles and square, in two different orientations.[2][3]

Semiregular Dissected 2-uniform 3-uniform
1-uniform 3.png Regular hexagon.svg
Regular polygons meeting at vertex 6 3 3 3 3 3 3.svg
2-uniform 13b.png 3-uniform 6b.png
Dissected Semiregular 2-uniform
Hexagonal cupola flat.png
Regular dodecagon.svg
1-uniform 6b.png 2-uniform 5b.png

Circle packing[edit]

The Truncated trihexagonal tiling can be used as a circle packing, placing equal diameter circles at the center of every point. Every circle is in contact with 3 other circles in the packing (kissing number).[4] Circles can be alternatedly colored in this packing with an even number of sides of all the regular polygons of this tiling.

The gap inside each hexagon allows for one circle, and each dodecagon allows for 7 circles, creating a dense 4-uniform packing.

Truncated rhombitrihexagonal tiling circle packing.png Truncated rhombitrihexagonal tiling circle packing2.png Truncated rhombitrihexagonal tiling circle packing3.png

Kisrhombille tiling[edit]

Kisrhombille tiling
1-uniform 3 dual.svg
Type Dual semiregular tiling
Faces 30-60-90 triangle
Coxeter diagram CDel node f1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node f1.pngCDel 6.pngCDel node f1.png
Symmetry group p6m, [6,3], (*632)
Rotation group p6, [6,3]+, (632)
Dual polyhedron truncated trihexagonal tiling
Face configuration V4.6.12
Tiling face 4-6-12.svg
Properties face-transitive

The kisrhombille tiling or 3-6 kisrhombille tiling is a tiling of the Euclidean plane. It is constructed by congruent 30-60 degree right triangles with 4, 6, and 12 triangles meeting at each vertex.

Construction from rhombille tiling[edit]

Conway calls it a kisrhombille[1] for his kis vertex bisector operation applied to the rhombille tiling. More specifically it can be called a 3-6 kisrhombille, to distinguish it from other similar hyperbolic tilings, like 3-7 kisrhombille.

The related rhombille tiling becomes the kisrhombille by cutting each rhombic face along its diagonals into four triangular faces

It can be seen as an equilateral hexagonal tiling with each hexagon divided into 12 triangles from the center point. (Alternately it can be seen as a bisected triangular tiling divided into 6 triangles, or as an infinite arrangement of lines in six parallel families.)

It is labeled V4.6.12 because each right triangle face has three types of vertices: one with 4 triangles, one with 6 triangles, and one with 12 triangles.


The kisrhombille tiling triangles represent the fundamental domains of p6m, [6,3] (*632 orbifold notation) wallpaper group symmetry. There are a number of small index subgroups constructed from [6,3] by mirror removal and alternation. [1+,6,3] creates *333 symmetry, shown as red mirror lines. [6,3+] creates 3*3 symmetry. [6,3]+ is the rotational subgroup. The commutator subgroup is [1+,6,3+], which is 333 symmetry. A larger index 6 subgroup constructed as [6,3*], also becomes (*333), shown in blue mirror lines, and which has its own 333 rotational symmetry, index 12.

Practical uses[edit]

The kisrhombille tiling is a useful starting point for making paper models of deltahedra, as each of the equilateral triangles can serve as faces, the edges of which adjoin isosceles triangles that can serve as tabs for gluing the model together.[citation needed]

Related polyhedra and tilings[edit]

There are eight uniform tilings that can be based from the regular hexagonal tiling (or the dual triangular tiling). Drawing the tiles colored as red on the original faces, yellow at the original vertices, and blue along the original edges, there are 8 forms, 7 which are topologically distinct. (The truncated triangular tiling is topologically identical to the hexagonal tiling.)

Symmetry mutations[edit]

This tiling can be considered a member of a sequence of uniform patterns with vertex figure (4.6.2p) and Coxeter-Dynkin diagram CDel node 1.pngCDel p.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png. For p < 6, the members of the sequence are omnitruncated polyhedra (zonohedra), shown below as spherical tilings. For p > 6, they are tilings of the hyperbolic plane, starting with the truncated triheptagonal tiling.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Conway, 2008, Chapter 21, Naming Archimedean and Catalan polyhedra and tilings, p288 table
  2. ^ Chavey, D. (1989). "Tilings by Regular Polygons—II: A Catalog of Tilings". Computers & Mathematics with Applications. 17: 147–165. doi:10.1016/0898-1221(89)90156-9. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Order in Space: A design source book, Keith Critchlow, p.74-75, pattern D


  • Williams, Robert (1979). The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure: A Source Book of Design. Dover Publications, Inc. p. 41. ISBN 0-486-23729-X. 
  • John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strass, The Symmetries of Things 2008, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 [1]
  • Keith Critchlow, Order in Space: A design source book, 1970, p. 69-61, Pattern G, Dual p. 77-76, pattern 4
  • Dale Seymour and Jill Britton, Introduction to Tessellations, 1989, ISBN 978-0866514613, pp. 50–56

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