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Architech Haresh Lalvani, designed a similar system, using regular polygons at vertices to define angles, specified as integers corresponding to internal angles.
US Patent 5775040
More concave tiles
Concave tiles in a tiling
The word "zome" was coined in 1968 by Steve Durkee combining the words dome and zonohedron. Both the building and the learning tool are the brainchildren of inventor/designer Steve Baer, his wife, Holly, and associates. The overall shape of a connector node is that of a non-uniform small rhombicosidodecahedron, except that each face is replaced by a small hole. The ends of the struts are designed to fit in the holes of the connector nodes, allowing for syntheses of a variety of structures. The idea of shape-coding the three types of struts was developed by Marc Pelletier and Paul Hildebrandt. To create the "balls," or nodes, Pelletier and Hildebrandt invented a system of 62 hydraulic pins that came together to form a mold. The first connector node emerged from their mold perfectly on April 1, 1992.
Using 3 postions of struts (blue for rectangles, yellow for triangle holes and red or pentagonal holes.) Using these, zome can make angles of a regular triangle, square, pentagon, and hexagon in 2D. Struts have different edge lengths.
Brain Flakes have 45 degree slots, so can make octatiles in 2D.