Best way to tile a sphere ?
June 2, 2008 7:07 AM Subscribe
How can I tile a sphere using the minimum number of differently shaped units? I have a 3 meter diameter sphere and I need to tile it using units that are each about 400 square cm (ie like a 20 x 20cm square). The units must be flat (ie, not spherical triangles).
posted by silence to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently thinking of using a geodesic tiling, but a (for instance) a 5V geodesic tiling results in (i think) 6 different tile shapes, and also has the problem that the density of tiles isn't constant over the surface - there are obvious visual artefacts where the tiles bunch up. I need to try to minimise the number of different types of unit, and to optimise the appearance so that it's as even as possible. Are there any better ways of tiling a sphere?