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FlexiBall by n°Garage is an icosidodecahedron ball

"FlexiBall is a modular printed origami in the shape of an icosidodecahedron," explains pseudonymous manufacturer n°Garage.

"It contains twenty flexible triangular-shaped printed circuit boards. Each PCB is identical and contains four WS2812B-2020 LEDs connected in series. When these twenty triangular faces are connected by soldering, they form twelve hollow pentagonal faces. In this way, the FlexiBall is an icosidodecahedron."

By soldering 80 LEDs to 20 of these compact triangular boards, you can make your own FlexiBall. Each of the triangular elements holds four LEDs. "This is a great soldering exercise," states n°Garage. "It's a test of skill and patience."

The FlexiBall kit, which requires an external microcontroller connected via a flexible printed circuit (FPC), is available for order from n°Garage's Tindie store for $36. If you'd like, you can order an already assembled kit for an additional $60.