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Keywords:

  • minimal nets;
  • minimal surfaces

The 3-periodic nets of genus 3 (`minimal nets') are reviewed and their symmetries re-examined. Although they are all crystallographic, seven of the 15 only have maximum-symmetry embeddings if some links are allowed to have zero length. The connection between the minimal nets and the genus-3 zero-mean-curvature surfaces (`minimal minimal' surfaces) is explored by determining the surface associated with a net that has a self-dual tiling. The fact that there are only five such surfaces but 15 minimal nets is rationalized by showing that all the minimal nets can serve as the labyrinth graph of one of the known minimal minimal surfaces.