Augmentation is the dual operation of truncation which replaces the faces of a polyhedron with pyramids of height (where may be positive, zero, or negative) having the face as the base (Cromwell 1997, p. 124 and 195-197). The operation is sometimes also called accretion, akisation (since it transforms a regular polygon to an -akis polyhedron, i.e., quadruples the number of faces), capping, or cumulation.
The term "augmented" is also sometimes used in the more general context of affixing one polyhedral cap over the face of a base solid. An example is the Johnson solid called the augmented truncated cube, for which the affixed shape is a square cupola--not a pyramid.
Mineralogists give the following special names to augmented forms of regular solids (Berry and Mason 1959, pp. 124 and 127).
|solid||name of augmentation||mineralogical name|
|octahedron||small triakis octahedron||trisoctahedron|
Augmentation with gives a triangulated version of the original solid. Augmentation series from negative to positive augmentation heights are illustrated below for the Platonic solids.
The figure and table below give special solids formed by augmentation of given heights on Platonic solids with unit edge lengths.
The top images above show an origami augmented tetrahedron and augmented dodecahedron. They are built using triangle edge modules and constructed in a manner similar to other solids described by Gurkewitz and Arnstein (1995, p. 53). The bottom left figure shows an inwardly augmented dodecahedron (Fusè 1990, pp. 126-129), while the right figure shows an augmented icosahedron constructed by E. W. Weisstein (Kasahara and Takahama 1987, p. 45).