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.
vZome 6.0 is the recommended version to use. We've redesigned the user experience to be more clear, consistent, and self-documenting, with reorganized toolbars, new tools, and more tooltips to help you find the functionality you need. You can try vZome 6.0 for Mac, Windows, or Linux here, free as always.
Of course, you're welcome to continue to use vZome 5.0, as well. We will continue to support 5.0 as long as we can, and either way, you have our guarantee to recover your work if you should have trouble opening a vZome file, regardless of which version you used to create it.
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vZome Models on Android
Have an Android mobile phone? You can install the vZome Viewer app!
Contribute to vZome development
vZome is now open-source. See how to contribute your cool feature ideas to vZome. We don't just need Java developers; if you have web skills, you can help us replace this site with a more modern, engaging design!
3D-Print 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.
Want to show your vZome pride? Or perhaps you just like our logo? You can find a vZome T-shirt at Neatoshop, as well as other mathematical designs.
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, from David Hall, and from myself. All of these models were exported from vZome.