3D Shapes Names in English

Shapes are an important part of every art piece, whether it’s buildings, nature, or people. This reference covers the topic of 3D shapes, including sections on the properties of 3D shapes, different types of 3D shapes, and some interesting facts.

This reference could be a great way to expand your English vocabulary while learning about the fundamental role of shapes in art. It’s perfect for anyone looking to improve their art skills and their English at the same time.

3D Shapes Names

3D Shapes Names
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What Is A 3D Shape?

To answer the question, “What is 3d shape?”, 3D shapes are three-dimensional shapes and object that is different from 2D shapes. These are shapes that have height, width, and length. It has thickness and depth. In short, these shapes are not flat—a part of the geometric shapes we see daily.

List of 3D Shapes Names

Common 3D Shapes

  • Cube
  • Cuboid
  • Cylinder
  • Sphere
  • Cone
  • Pyramid
  • Prism
  • Torus

All Kinds of 3D Shapes

  • Cube
  • Cuboid
  • Cylinder
  • Hemisphere (half sphere)
  • Tetrahedron (Triangular pyramid)
  • Pentahedron
  • Square pyramid (Square based pyramid)
  • Sphere
  • Cone
  • Polyhedron
  • Triangular prism
  • Pentagonal prism
  • Hexagonal prism
  • Heptagonal Prism
  • Octagonal prism
  • Nonagonal prism
  • Dodecagonal prism
  • Icosahedron
  • Ellipsoid
  • Pyramid
  • Hexahedron
  • Heptahedron
  • Octahedron
  • Nonahedron
  • Dodecahedron
  • Prism
  • Torus

3D Shapes Names

Properties of 3D Shapes

To explain more, 3D shapes have properties that set them apart from other shapes. You should remember these properties to identify if a particular shape is 2D or 3D. Below are the following properties.

  • Faces

Each 3D shapes have a face. Faces refer to any flat surface or curved surfaces that can be seen in the shape. Think of a box. If you are going to count the sides of the box, you’ll going to see that it has six sides. These sides are referred to as faces.

  • Edges

Now that you’ve learned what a face is let’s go to the second property, the edge. To put it simply, an edge is where two faces meet together. Just look at the box and try to find the part where the faces meet.

  • Vertices

The third and last property of a 3D shape is the vertices. It refers to the pointy part where the edges meet. Often edges and vertices interchange. Imagine you are walking, and your toe hits the pointy part of the cabinet. We usually say that we hit the edge, but it is the vertices in geometry.

Types of 3D Shapes

Now that you’ve learned the different properties of 3D shapes let us meet them individually.

1. Sphere is the most common example of a 3D shape. You might be wondering where are the edges of the sphere. There is none. The sphere has zero edges and vertex, but it has a continuous face, allowing it to be a 3Dshape. The perfect example of it is a ball.

2. Cube. I know you’re familiar with a Rubik’s cube. It is a very example of a cube. It has 6 faces of a square, 12 edges, and 8 vertices.

3. Pyramid. Yes, the famous pyramid of Egypt is considered a 3D shape. It has 5 faces, 8 edges, and 5 vertices.

4. Cylinder. is a 3D shape with 2 flat surface at the top and the bottom and a continuing surface that is curved. It has 3 faces, 2 edges and 0 vertex.

5. Cone. Think of an ice cream cone. It has 2 faces, 1 edge, and 1 vertex. You might be wondering where are the faces on this shape. The first face is a circular shape at the bottom. The second shape is tringle making the cone.

6. Cuboid. The cylinder has 3 faces. The top and bottom shapes are considered the face, making it two. The third face is the curved body of the shape. It has 2 edges but does not meet, so it has no vertices.

7. Torus. It is like a donut. 2 oval shapes put together and connected with a hole at the center. Similar to a circle, it does not have edges and a vertex but has 1 surface.

Facts About 3D Shapes

Now that you’ve learned about the basics of a 3D shape, here are some interesting facts you can read to add some knowledge.

  • Traffic cones are examples of Cones.
  • Euclid is the father of geometry.
  • Vertices are the plural form of the vertex.
  • The perfect example of a cylinder is a soda can.
  • The space that a 3d shape occupies is called volume.
  • The rhombicosidodecahedron is the largest 3D shape in the world. It has faces of 20 triangles, 30 squares, 12 pentagons, 60 vertices, and 120 edges.

Now that you’ve learned what 3D shapes are, surely you’ll be able to explain this to your child and explore these shapes and turn them into a magnificent piece. You see, these shapes can be found around us. Probably before, you’ll just interact like nothing, but now that you’ve learned it, surely you and your child will see the world differently like you’ve never seen before.