Houdini 20.0 Shelf tools

Platonic Solids shelf tool

Creates one of seven convex solids which have all the vertices and faces of the same type

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Placing Platonic Solids

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Place the platonic solid anywhere in the scene

  1. Click the Platonic Solids tool on the Create tab.

  2. Move the cursor into the scene view.


    You can hold Alt to detach the platonic solid from the construction plane.

  3. Click LMB to place the platonic solid anywhere in the scene view.

    If you press Enter without clicking, Houdini places the platonic solid at the origin.

Place the platonic solid at the origin

Press ⌃ Ctrl + LMB on the Platonic Solids button on the shelf.

For specific parameter help see the Platonic Solids node help.

Changing the type of platonic solid

  1. Select the object in the scene view.

  2. Change the solid type by choosing one of the options in the Solid Type drop-down menu in the operation controls toolbar.


A platonic solid with 4 triangular faces.


A platonic solid with 6 square faces.


A platonic solid with 8 triangular faces.


A platonic solid with 20 triangular faces.


A platonic solid with 12 pentagonal faces.

Soccer ball

A platonic solid with 12 black pentagonal faces and 20 white hexagonal faces.

Utah teapot

A standard reference object in computer graphics.

See also

Shelf tools

Using the shelf

  • Customize the shelf

    How to change the look of the shelf, change and rearrange its contents, and create your own shelf tools.