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 Post subject: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:19 pm

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(In case you're wondering why I'm posting two topics right after the other, it's to help clarify things for someone - this way I can just link to this, instead of referencing half a topic.)

Some background to this puzzle: it was inspired by the Slothouber-Graatsma puzzle, which is a packing problem where the goal is to put six 2x2x1 blocks into a 3x3x3 box. When solved, the pieces of this cube make up the pattern of the solution to the packing problem.

I made both 4-color and 8-color variations of this puzzle, using DIY cubes from Cube4You. Also, with the pieces I had left over, I made a few more of each, which I will post in a bit. Watch the Marketplace if you'd like one!

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File comment: The 8-color version, and the original design. Interestingly, this is not the position the cube was in when I assembled it, but it is solved nonetheless!

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File comment: Alternate view of the 8-color version. On this puzzle, the two lone corners are different colors.

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File comment: 4-color version. Opposite sides have the same colored block.

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File comment: Alternate view of the 4-color version. On this version of the puzzle, the two lone corners are the same color.

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File comment: 8-color version, checkered. You can't checker the 4-color one, because it looks just like it did before!

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File comment: Another view of the 8-color puzzle, checkered. Sorry about the picture quality.

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File comment: Both cubes, solved.

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File comment: Both cubes, scrambled.

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Fri May 29, 2009 3:30 pm

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...And here are the extras.

The four-color cubes:

The eight-color cubes:

And another view of the eight-color cubes, to show the other sides:

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:05 am

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Location: WA, USA
sweeet! That is an amazing idea, and promotes new ways to solve the rubik's cube!

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sat May 30, 2009 12:39 am

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Neat idea and that checkerboard looks non-trivial.

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:19 am

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MarkSS, what do you mean by the checkerboarding being "non-trivial"?

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sat May 30, 2009 1:22 am

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Location: Pittsburgh
It looks pretty

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sat May 30, 2009 9:13 am

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elijah516 wrote:
and promotes new ways to solve the rubik's cube!

It also promotes buying the DIY 10-packs from Cube4you.

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 Post subject: Re: 3x3 Color Variation: SG CubePosted: Sun May 31, 2009 5:20 am

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:03 am
Location: Koblenz, Germany
Tile Shuffles are even easier than sticker variants. But with the appropriate material the results can look better than many other mods.

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