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    sci fi design question

    I've been looking through various sci fi stuff I keep seeing these hexagon patterns being used on mech and suit designs.
    What are those and where do they come from?
    Here is an example of what I mean.
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    yea, you're totally right. It never occured to me before..
    Maybe it's because haxagon's aren't much used in this day and age, so using them makes your mech seem alien and futuristic.

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    Probably inspired by the reactive armor used on tanks. There are not many ways to pave a surface with copies of the same polygon, so that leaves you with a huge choice of: triangles, quadrangles and hexagons. Real-world designs use quadrangles (duh), so what does one do to seem different?

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    It gives a design an organic reptilic look, which might be interesting...
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    1; it looks techy and futuristic, a useful visual shorthand
    2. aaron beck does it
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    Just found this: http://hexnet.org/tags/hexagonal-spacecraft
    The Global Hexagonal Awareness Project (what?)
    (Edit
    The main page has an article with a list of links to recent hexagon related design, probably nothing scifi related though.
    (Edit again
    This might actually be a good read and more on topic in the conclusion: http://hexnet.org/content/hexagonal-geometry
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    I noticed hexagon use in Metal Gear games for armor, wall textures, or building structures. And also in chemical bonding. Maybe it represent natural durability and a stable base.

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    That was a great read man thanks. And yea! seems like it increases compressive and tensile strength.

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