I used the happy coincidence that we have the same number of color dimensions as we have spatial dimensions, and mapped the coordinates of the XYZ bucky-sphere vertexes into the RGB color space. After much futzing and fooling around and came up with a software program that produces a PDF with the proper gradients to produce the rainbow bucky you see here.
I used the wide-format printer and laser cutter at the TechShop to print and cut the pieces. You can use a 24" printer, or I've also included an 8.5x11" PDF to make at home. I made this at the TechShop.
- Plain (i.e. NOT photo!) paper for your printer. The photo paper is too thick. Use the best paper/ink combination for getting vibrant colors on your printer.
- An inkjet printer. I tried a color laser, but the 'ink' flakes off when creased. Maybe newer lasers are better in that regard.
- A laser cutter (e.g. from TechShop), or a rotary paper cutter/trimmer. IMO, the guillotine types are totally worthless for anything but removing fingers. They have a no ability to cut precise lines, especially on a stack of paper. If using a laser cutter, a cutting template is included. If using manual cutter, crop lines are included in the files.