vZome is a desktop app designed primarily for building virtual Zome models. In addition to the basic mechanism of building strut upon strut, vZome supports a rich collection of symmetry and geometry tools, helping you create and discover models that you might not stumble upon with physical Zome.
vZome also enriches the Zome system by adding new strut directions, and by adding the ability to build panels of any shape. In addition, vZome lets you change the way balls and struts are rendered, giving you the choice of very abstract renditions of geometry, or very accurate depictions of real Zome parts, or somewhere in between.
vZome goes even further in supporting models and geometries not possible with Zome. Zome is based on a particular symmetry (icosahedral), and uses strut lengths based on the Golden Ratio. It is an amazingly rich system, but it is just one of an infinite family of such systems. In vZome, you can build models with octahedral symmetry, with lengths based on the square root of two. Another system is based on the square root of three, and supports 12-fold rotations.
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Experiment with vZome on Observable
There is also a notebook showing how you can render any vZome file available at a public URL, e.g. on Google Drive. Since Observable supports downloading and embedding notebooks, this gives you a way to author web content about your vZome projects.
I have create quite a few notebooks on Observable, and most are related to vZome in some way.
This is very much a work-in-progress, so contact me if you have any questions.
vZome is open-source. See how to contribute your cool feature ideas to vZome. We don't just need Java developers; if you have web development skills, you can help us build a web-based equivalent of vZome, or replace this site with a more modern, engaging design.
3D-Printed vZome Struts
If you want to physically build something you designed in vZome, but it uses struts that Zometool does not produce, try this Shapeways store. You will find a number of models for vZome struts there, as well as some other things like cross-connectors.
3D Models on SketchFab
There are a variety of interactive 3D models on SketchFab that you can view, rotate, and scale directly in your web browser, including models from Zometool, David Hall, John and Jane Kostick, and myself. All of these models were exported from vZome as Collada/DAE files.
vZome Viewer for Android
Have an Android mobile phone? You can install the vZome Viewer app. (Note: I created this app a few years ago, and it may not run on current Android versions.)