Rigid Armed Tiles:
branched junction molecules that have rigid arms (usually of unit length) where the arms are fixed with respect to the central vertex such that the following conditions hold true:
(1) the positions of the arms are fixed with respect to one another, and (2) the arms are fixed with respect to the configuration such that the active areas of the cohesive ends do not change position by twisting (arms do not experience twist strain*) * the compression or elongation of a DNA strand as a result of external forces [See04]. Thus the DNA strands are either too short to curve, or are reinforced for rigidity. Additional Geometric Constraints  No branched junction molecule can have fewer than 2 arms or more than 12 arms  Final DNA structures must be complete  The design must prevent the formation of structures smaller than the target structure
Platonic and Archimedean Solids in the Octet Truss
There are some solids that naturally occur in the octet truss: the tetrahedron, the octahedron, the truncated tetrahedron, the truncated octahedron and the cuboctahedron. These solids are contained as subgraphs within the octet truss. Thus, they automatically satisfy the design constraints of the branched junction molecule and are promising candidates for DNA selfassembly. Indeed the cube [CS91], the octahedron [ZS94], and the truncated octahedron [SQJ04] have already been built, albeit using other assembly methods. However, buckyballs use “dendrite” structures that are essentially threearmed branched junction molecules [H+08]. Shapes Found/Tiled in the Octet Truss
Why use the Octet Truss? For rigid tiles, the octet truss provides a reasonable geometric model.  Is highly symmetric and has a n appropriate number of edges for the application
 All the edges are unit length, and the even spacing of the edges about the vertices prohibits any unattainable angles.  The octet truss, being the only semiregular tiling of 3space is the next obvious 3D structure after the regular cubic lattice in which to draw graphs. Shapes We Have Designed Which are not in the Octet Truss
