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 Post subject: Dino cube history?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:50 am 
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Ever since I started cubing, I've wondered about dino cube history.

The most information I could find was in the book, "The cube". It doesn't have all the information though, like how many were produced, and where were they sold?

I belive one of the first models was make of paper, and is described here.

http://www.software3d.com/Puzzle.php


Anyone have any more information on this infamous puzzle?


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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:54 am 
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I don't know of any authoritative history, but it was independently invented many times by many people. Really it's a mystery why it wasn't made in the early 80s, in the Rubik's Cube heyday; it's a pretty obvious idea.

I sent a design for it off to Cristoph Bandelow (maker of Cristoph's Jewel and other puzzles) hoping he might produce it or tell me where to get it produced, in ~1987, I believe. He wrote back complimenting me on my design for "a puzzle with true octohedral twist", but couldn't help me.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:15 am 
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Some information:

viewtopic.php?p=143066#p143066
viewtopic.php?p=15562#p15562

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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
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bhearn wrote:
I don't know of any authoritative history, but it was independently invented many times by many people.

I've always wondered, did the individual inventions use the same mechanism?

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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
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Also, what are the dimentions of the dino cube? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
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I believe that the Dino Cubes were the same size as Rubik's Cubes, but I'm not sure. However most people who build one nowadays make it to the size of the Rubik's Cube, as the diagonal angle on the square face of a Rainbow Cube is that of a Rubik's Cube.

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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
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Owen wrote:
Also, what are the dimentions of the dino cube? Thanks!
Original Dino cubes are 50mm, a bit smaller than a standard 3x3x3.

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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:31 am 
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I build my Dino cubes at 57 mm. The same size as an average 3x3x3.

look here!

viewtopic.php?f=9&t=18232


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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
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I hope nobody is getting angry with me when I say this:
This thread recollected enough material to make significant addition for the DinoCube-related entries in the museum which will help future requests like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Dino cube history?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:15 pm 
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Sorry for the bump, but I just dug up an old notebook containing my earliest twisty ideas. My drawing of a Dino cube is dated 6/82. But I hasten to emphasize that I never built one (until 2009!).

(The most detailed figures in my notebook are a plan for a 5x5x5 -- which I did build, but was very flimsy.)


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We dont know how many Dino Cubes has been produced. But at least 2 or 300 got lost on a ship once. Because of bad weather they had to change course and go through the Bermuda Triangle. Sadly they were taken by the Kraken. If you are brave enough, you could earn a fortune if you dare to fight the Kraken

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