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A while ago, I made this:

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Now, I'd like to make something like it again, but I can't remember how I did it the first time.

I'm pretty sure I started with an icosphere, then maybe I used a modifier. I'm not sure how I "carved out" the spaces between each hexagon. The larger open areas I deleted manually, though.

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Bevel modifier

  • Start by adding an Icosphere with 3 levels of subdivision
  • Add a Bevel modifier with Vertex Only option enabled. Now you should have the main pattern clearly visible.

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As we want to delete the inner exagon of each loop, we can take advance of the modifier to add a distinctive feature to those faces in order to select them easily: increase the number of Segments to 2.

Then, in order to make the shapes less regular, decrease the Width value to something like 0.09.

  • Add a second Bevel of wanted Width modifier to create a "corridor" between the "main" faces.

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  • Apply both modifiers, enter edit mode, pick one exagonal n-gon and select similar area faces with a threshold of 0.006, invert selection and delete other faces.

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  • Final touch with Solidify modifier.

Result:

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer! But in the original, the hexagons have three long edges and three short edges. Any idea how that happened? $\endgroup$ – John-Paul Gignac Feb 5 '16 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @John-PaulGignac for pointing it out, I didn't notice it at first. It depends on the Width value you use in the first Bevel. I've edited the answer in this sense, providing values for the shown example. $\endgroup$ – Carlo Feb 5 '16 at 10:21

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