Graboid attack! / Chain of cuboctahedron frames Like

by: EdoTimmermans Follow

The running man is made with:
body: 9 rings of 8 magnets
head: C60 or 12 pentagons
arms: 4 squares each
straight leg: 9 rings of 5 magnets
bent leg: 9 rings of 5 magnets plus 2 magnets to form the knee
4 magnets to keep the legs in running position.
Total: 260 magnets.

Watching the video below is worthwhile because of the demonstrated flexibility of the chain.
The flexibility is explained in the description of the video.

A graboid is a creature from the movie Tremors. (Check out 'graboids' on Wikipedia)
The graboid in this build is made with 7 complete and a partial cuboctahedron frame.

Each cuboctahedron contains 1440 magnets.
A link to a tutorial video for making interlinking cuboctahedra can be found in the comments of the video below.
The ring of 18 cuboctahedra has 25920 magnets and is very tough to complete properly due to the limited space available to place the final magnets.



  • poolshark - 3 years ago
    I love, love, love the Tremors reference here! Many people won't get it from just the name Graboid. Very cool! The last 2 pics of the full ring are completely bad ass!!! As usuall your symetry is perfect. Great work!
  • EdoTimmermans - 3 years ago
    Thanks, poolshark! Btw, love your treasure chest!
  • Balgore - 3 years ago
    That is some crazy interlocking. How many dots is two of them together?
  • EdoTimmermans - 3 years ago
    Thanks Balgore, each cuboctahedron has 1440 dots, it is possible to downsize whowever.
  • Gustoph - 2 years 2 months ago
    Almost 26,000 magnets! Wow! I have 3 Mandala sets.. Almost 5200 magnetic spheres... And I'm $900 deep into this collection of magnets! How did you acquire so many? And how can I replicate what you did to get so many!?!