6-cube t5.svg
Orthogonal projection
inside Petrie polygon
Type Regular 6-polytope
Family orthoplex
Schläfli symbols {3,3,3,3,4}
Coxeter-Dynkin diagrams CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes.png = CDel nodes 10r.pngCDel 3ab.pngCDel nodes.pngCDel split5c.pngCDel nodes.png
5-faces 64 {34}5-simplex t0.svg
4-faces 192 {33}4-simplex t0.svg
Cells 240 {3,3}3-simplex t0.svg
Faces 160 {3}2-simplex t0.svg
Edges 60
Vertices 12
Vertex figure 5-orthoplex
Petrie polygon dodecagon
Coxeter groups B6, [4,34]
D6, [33,1,1]
Dual 6-cube
Properties convex

In geometry, a 6-orthoplex, or 6-cross polytope, is a regular 6-polytope with 12 vertices, 60 edges, 160 triangle faces, 240 tetrahedron cells, 192 5-cell 4-faces, and 64 5-faces.

It has two constructed forms, the first being regular with Schläfli symbol {34,4}, and the second with alternately labeled (checkerboarded) facets, with Schläfli symbol {3,3,3,31,1} or Coxeter symbol 311.

It is a part of an infinite family of polytopes, called cross-polytopes or orthoplexes. The dual polytope is the 6-hypercube, or hexeract.

Alternate namesEdit

As a configurationEdit

This configuration matrix represents the 6-orthoplex. The rows and columns correspond to vertices, edges, faces, cells, 4-faces and 5-faces. The diagonal numbers say how many of each element occur in the whole 6-orthoplex. The nondiagonal numbers say how many of the column's element occur in or at the row's element.[1][2]



There are three Coxeter groups associated with the 6-orthoplex, one regular, dual of the hexeract with the C6 or [4,3,3,3,3] Coxeter group, and a half symmetry with two copies of 5-simplex facets, alternating, with the D6 or [33,1,1] Coxeter group. A lowest symmetry construction is based on a dual of a 6-orthotope, called a 6-fusil.

Name Coxeter Schläfli Symmetry Order
Regular 6-orthoplex             {3,3,3,3,4} [4,3,3,3,3] 46080
Quasiregular 6-orthoplex           {3,3,3,31,1} [3,3,3,31,1] 23040
6-fusil             {3,3,3,4}+{} [4,3,3,3,3] 7680
            {3,3,4}+{4} [4,3,3,2,4] 3072
            2{3,4} [4,3,2,4,3] 2304
            {3,3,4}+2{} [4,3,3,2,2] 1536
            {3,4}+{4}+{} [4,3,2,4,2] 768
            3{4} [4,2,4,2,4] 512
            {3,4}+3{} [4,3,2,2,2] 384
            2{4}+2{} [4,2,4,2,2] 256
            {4}+4{} [4,2,2,2,2] 128
            6{} [2,2,2,2,2] 64

Cartesian coordinatesEdit

Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of a 6-orthoplex, centered at the origin are

(±1,0,0,0,0,0), (0,±1,0,0,0,0), (0,0,±1,0,0,0), (0,0,0,±1,0,0), (0,0,0,0,±1,0), (0,0,0,0,0,±1)

Every vertex pair is connected by an edge, except opposites.


orthographic projections
Coxeter plane B6 B5 B4
Dihedral symmetry [12] [10] [8]
Coxeter plane B3 B2
Dihedral symmetry [6] [4]
Coxeter plane A5 A3
Dihedral symmetry [6] [4]

Related polytopesEdit

The 6-orthoplex can be projected down to 3-dimensions into the vertices of a regular icosahedron.[3]

2D 3D
{3,5} =      
H3 Coxeter plane
{3,3,3,31,1} =          
D6 Coxeter plane
This construction can be geometrically seen as the 12 vertices of the 6-orthoplex projected to 3 dimensions as the vertices of a regular icosahedron. This represents a geometric folding of the D6 to H3 Coxeter groups:  :       to      . On the left, seen by these 2D Coxeter plane orthogonal projections, the two overlapping central vertices define the third axis in this mapping. Every pair of vertices of the 6-orthoplex are connected, except opposite ones: 30 edges are shared with the icosahedron, while 30 more edges from the 6-orthoplex project to the interior of the icosahedron.

It is in a dimensional series of uniform polytopes and honeycombs, expressed by Coxeter as 3k1 series. (A degenerate 4-dimensional case exists as 3-sphere tiling, a tetrahedral hosohedron.)

3k1 dimensional figures
Space Finite Euclidean Hyperbolic
n 4 5 6 7 8 9
A3A1 A5 D6 E7  =E7+  =E7++
Symmetry [3−1,3,1] [30,3,1] [[31,3,1]]
= [4,3,3,3,3]
[32,3,1] [33,3,1] [34,3,1]
Order 48 720 46,080 2,903,040
Graph       - -
Name 31,-1 310 311 321 331 341

This polytope is one of 63 uniform 6-polytopes generated from the B6 Coxeter plane, including the regular 6-cube or 6-orthoplex.


  • H.S.M. Coxeter:
    • H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular Polytopes, 3rd Edition, Dover New York, 1973
    • Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 978-0-471-01003-6 [1]
      • (Paper 22) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi Regular Polytopes I, [Math. Zeit. 46 (1940) 380-407, MR 2,10]
      • (Paper 23) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes II, [Math. Zeit. 188 (1985) 559-591]
      • (Paper 24) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes III, [Math. Zeit. 200 (1988) 3-45]
  • Norman Johnson Uniform Polytopes, Manuscript (1991)
    • N.W. Johnson: The Theory of Uniform Polytopes and Honeycombs, Ph.D. 1966
  • Klitzing, Richard. "6D uniform polytopes (polypeta) x3o3o3o3o4o - gee".
  1. ^ Coxeter, Regular Polytopes, sec 1.8 Configurations
  2. ^ Coxeter, Complex Regular Polytopes, p.117
  3. ^ Quasicrystals and Geometry, Marjorie Senechal, 1996, Cambridge University Press, p64. 2.7.1 The I6 crystal

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