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 Post subject: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:26 am 
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Yeah, I know its been like 2 years since it was hot, but I wanted to get Tomz's Multidodecahedron, so I did. I wanted an epic challenge - I don't know anything about the Starminx or the Pentultimate, and I intend to cut super stickers for this.

But the parts I got had different proportions to the ones from before.

a) It's TINY, like 30mm to an edge. Last time I checked,
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Its edge length is 2.34e-13 astronomical units.

which would be 35+mm. The puzzle I got is slightly smaller than a Megaminx!
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b) The floating (Brilic) edges are much smaller than the floating (Pentultimate) corners. I don't know if I can cut stickers for them, or if they will stay on after I put them on.

c) The Starminx points are much longer than they are wide. They're almost as thin as the Pentultimate window centers.

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Does anyone also have this styled Multidodecahedron, and can explain what's happening? I doubt many people on Shapeways make altered copies of Shapeway puzzles or something.

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 Post subject: Re: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:54 am 
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Oops, it appears that I have made a mistake. The Multidodecahedron does not fit in a single 1M polygon file, so instead Shapeways used to allow us to upload a dummy model which can later in the process be replaced by the real model with more polygons. However, they do not store the models so every time somebody orders a Multidodecahedron, I have to send them the file again.

It looks like I accidentally sent them the wrong file, an earlier iteration of the MD that was never printed before.

You are now the happy owner of the most unique Multidodecahedron in the universe, and you should send an email to Shapeways and me so we can get you a proper Multidodecahedron.

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 Post subject: Re: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:39 am 
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Oh...that explains everything! I emailed Shapeways, hope they stand by their products even if the error wasn't theirs.

So, while I'm at it, I guess I'll help you test your early prototype. Is this one even supposed to be functional, or did this prototype have some sort of error? Just want to know before assembling it.

Also, how do you draw and print out the shapes of the stickers? Trial and error?

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 Post subject: Re: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
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TomZ has a video on his channel explaining how he does sticker templates.

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 Post subject: Re: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:42 am 
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Ah, I see, sadly I don't have access to the solidworks models though, so I can't do that. But I see I could use it as a drawing tool, I just have to guess and test the size of the pieces and their fillets

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 Post subject: Re: Atypical Multidodecahedron?
PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:20 pm 
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I talked with Shapeways and they're going to send a new copy (yay). Also Tom I sent an email to you with the order number.

About the prototype, after assembling it, it works really well. It's smooth and tiny; I can even move the top layer with the flick of a finger. The screw holes were a little picky, though, and there is an issue with pieces catching with the thin slice layer. Also, I wonder how I'll deal with the small stickers. These issues are solved in the proper Multidodecahedron, right?

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