The closepacked crystal space matrix of 12 rays, 4 planes, delineating Tetrahedron and octahedron edges, is known in classic chemistry as the facecenteredcubic or cubic closepacked crystal structure. In fact, this atomic packing matrix positions atoms at the vertices and center of the cubeoctahedron, Buckminster Fuller’s beloved Tensegrity structure, or vector equilibrium, defining the planes of cubic, tetrahedral and octahedral space. The best way to stiffen a cube of sticks is with diagonals on the 6 faces which connect to make a simpler form, the tetrahedron. Remove 2 of the 6 tetrahedral edges, leaving 2 pair of 90 degree oriented edges, which can be dipped into soap solution to form a beautifully balanced minimal surface, the hyperbolic paraboloid saddle curves of balanced curvature at every point.
