A hexagonal prism is a prism with hexagonal base and top. This polyhedron has 8 faces, 18 edges, and 12 vertices. Out of the 8 faces, 6 are rectangles, and 2 are hexagons, and that’s why the name hexagonal prism. These hexagons are at the base and the top. Therefore, the opposite faces of a hexagonal prism are the same.

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Real life examples of hexagonal prism:

Hexagonal prisms might not be as common as otherprisms, but even they are around us. Few of the examples of hexagonal prisms are boxes, nuts, pencils, weights, buildings, vases, etc.


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Non-examples of a hexagonal prism

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In the given example, we can see a pentagonal prism and a triangular prism, which are examples of a prism with rectangular faces. However, these have a pentagonal and triangular top and base, respectively. Hence, they are not hexagonal prisms.

Net of a hexagonal prism

We can form a hexagonal prism using its net, as shown below. The net of a 3D object shows the faces of that object when it is opened flat. On folding the net, we get the 3D object.


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Fun Facts

The hexagonal face of a hexagonal prism can either be a regular hexagon or an irregular hexagon.

If it is a regular hexagon then all the angles of the hexagon are the same.

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If it is an irregular hexagon then the angles of the hexagon are different.


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