Since, according to Google, it is the 25th anniversary of the Buckyball, I thought I would draw one in Excel.
A quick search found a list of coordinates here: Chemistry resources
The problem then was, how to connect them. The information was probably somewhere at the same site as the coordinates, but not in a form I could understand, so I pasted the coordinates into Strand7, and connected the nodes by trial and error, until I got what I wanted. The list of node connections could then easily be copy and pasted into Excel:
It was then a simple matter to paste the coordinates and connection details onto my Plotxyz spreadsheet, press the Draw button, and hey presto – one Buckyball:
The plotxyz spreadsheet, including Buckyball details, can be downloaded from PlotBuckyBall.xlsb
Edit Sunday 9:00 PM Sydney time:
Since it is still just Buckyball day somewhere on the globe I thought I’d share a few more images.
The buckyball consists of 90 edges, 60 long ones (1.453 angstroms) and 30 short ones (1.367 angstroms). These form 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons. The pentagons have all long edges, and the hexagons have alternating short and long edges. To make this difference clearer I have coloured the long edges green and the shorter ones red. In addition, to enhance the 3D effect, I have used a heavier line for the edges facing the viewer. Here are the results: