### What class of fractal

 To know what class of fractal a mandelbox is, we need to know the basic classes of 3d fractals. Since I can't find such a classification online, I have built my own classification based on the symmetric fractals of a 3x3x3 cube (see here). These give 81 types that can be reduced to a table of seven class names:As you can see, the Void fractals (first column) have no volume, and the solid fractals (bottom row) have no volume of space between the solid, so is hard to visualise, but the solid fractals are just a solid with internal borders (cracks) in the shape of the diagonally opposite void fractal.The names 'tree' and 'sponge' should sound fairly standard, and 'cluster' is a good name I think (e.g. a star cluster). 'foam' is fractal bubbles and is airtight.A class that was new to me is what I called a 'shell', it is branching planes and so is a shell around a tree (its inverse is a tree), this is much like real shells which encase animals which are usually 'trees'. Even a snail shell encases a tree since a spiral is a tree with just one branch each recursion.Now that we have a clear set of fractal classes, it is amazing how well this set allows you to classify the natural world:Imagine trying to describe that scene without the classifications above... or worse still, out of basic euclidean geometry.Here's the same table as above, rotated and showing real world versions of these structures.(for higher def see here)So finally we can ask, what class of fractal is the mandelbox? Well my hunch is that at its core it is a void cluster, however at a larger scale it seems to approximate several of the classes:This is an inverse render so this part of the box is a sponge foamagain an inverse render so this part of the box is a shell foamcluster treeclusterÂ sponge probablySo it seems the mandelbox is a fractal approximator, the negative scale pages on this site show some types of fractal that it mimics.