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 Post subject: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:53 am 
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This is my 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube puzzle. Suggestions for a wittier name are welcome.

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It turns like a Rainbow Cube:
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And like a 3x3x3:
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The puzzle turns quite smoothly and is perfectly stable. It uses a quite unique mechanism, which might allow for other puzzles to be built from it, like a stable 2x2x2 Skewb or a Dino 3x3x3 (but that requires additional trickery). It's somewhat larger than a 3x3x3, measuring 63mm between square faces.
I chose to make the 3x3x3 have different proportions than most other 3x3x3's, this results in a nicer looking puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:07 am 
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Great design! It looks as though it was meant to be shaped that way!

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:14 am 
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beautiful! I am intrigued by how you could have possibly gotten it to work. Now, the face turning cuboctahedron is born! (btw that is my name suggestion.)
once again, great job!
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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:15 am 
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Very nice! Turns so smooth.

Great quality as always.

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:20 am 
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LOVE IT!
The puzzle looks great, turns great, is great

Can't say much more

How hard would solving be?

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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So I guessed it right!
http://twistypuzzles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=15506&start=307

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:28 am 
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Amazing puzzle! Although your hint did make my eyes bleed :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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wonderful, now onto 3x3 + Dino?

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:37 am 
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I have a few name suggestions:

1. The 3 by rainbow cube (The 3 x Rainbow cube)
2. The Rainbow 3 cube
3. The 3-bow cube

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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Amazing work as always tomz!!

How about "triple rainbow in the sky"


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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:29 am 
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Ah, you beat me to it! I started working on this exact Face-Turning Cuboctahedron this spring. But I haven't worked on it in some time, so I deserved to get beat. (I have drawings of this from 1981!)

Congratulations! And BTW, yes, "3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube" doesn't remotely do this puzzle justice. It's the world's first Face-Turning Cuboctahedron.


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Another classic is born! Congratulations! :) I love it!

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:36 am 
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I know this might sound a bit dumb, but what about Triple Rainbow. Because of the 3 + rainbow...
*edit* Didn't see PepeLopez07's post. Or maybe I subconsciously did and thought it was a good idea :P

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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bhearn wrote:
It's the world's first Face-Turning Cuboctahedron.


The normal original Cuboctahedron is face turning, isn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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I LOVE IT!!!!

I love puzzles like this. Talk with Meffert, it's a really great puzzle to mass-produce!!!!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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ulmboy556 wrote:
wonderful, now onto 3x3 + Dino?


I'm pretty sure to accomplish this, you would simply need to extend into a cubic shape, as the rainbow cube is only a truncated corner dino cube

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It's the world's first Face-Turning Cuboctahedron.


The normal original Cuboctahedron is face turning, isn't it?


No, the triangular faces don't turn, it's only a truncated 3x3x3


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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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This cannot be extended into a 3x3x3 + Dino cube since one type of part would be missing. Mechanically the part is very easy to make in this mechanism, but it requires a lot of trickery to get a thick enough connection between the mechanical bit and the outside piece. It's a bit like connecting the corners of the 7x7x7.

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I had just finished writing a review for the Mini Pentultimate viewtopic.php?f=15&t=19629 and now I see that there is another one I have to get. Congratulations Tom

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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TomZ wrote:
This is my 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube puzzle. Suggestions for a wittier name are welcome.

Cool!!! And I think I'll put in the 3rd suggestion for Face Turning CubOctahedron or FTCO.
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...or a Rainbow 3x3x3 (but that requires additional trickery).

Ok... I'm missing something. Isn't that what this IS? Rainbow 3x3x3 not equal 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube? What am I missing?

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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wwwmwww wrote:
TomZ wrote:
...or a Rainbow 3x3x3 (but that requires additional trickery).

Ok... I'm missing something. Isn't that what this IS? Rainbow 3x3x3 not equal 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube?
What am I missing?
Sorry, I did mean to write Dino 3x3x3.

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Very nice Tom. I've been waiting to see this finished since you told us on the IRC. It looks great. With this you could still make an Edges Only + Dino Cube right?

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Looks great :). I think it should be (Fully Functional) Face-Turning Cuboctahedron, the FF part to distinguish from cuboctahedron puzzles which only turn about one type of face.

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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beautiful! I am intrigued by how you could have possibly gotten it to work. Now, the face turning cuboctahedron is born! (btw that is my name suggestion.)
once again, great job!
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I had aready seen this one on Ustream, but it stil amazes me!

I suggest you do : Rain-by-3, it's a good name ;)

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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There have been several suggestions for names which are a combination of 3x3x3 and Rainbow Cube. Personally, I don't think that it should have a name like this, it should have a unique name (the Super-X's name is not a combination of 2x2x2 and Dino Cube). I don't have any ideas at the moment for the name though.

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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Maybe something like the FTC, which describes the puzzle perfectly.

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Maybe something like the FTC, which describes the puzzle perfectly.

FTC could be Face Turn Cube or 3x3x3. I like FTCO. You could affectionately call it "foot company".

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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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Has anyone ever tried a corner turning 3x3?

Like where the center of the 3x3 is the corner?

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It sounds like you're talking about Oskar's Oh Cube. It sort of turned, but got stuck mid way.

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bhearn wrote:
It's the world's first Face-Turning Cuboctahedron.
I know it has more cuts, but isn't the Eric's Ultra-X the first Face-Turning Cuboctahedron?

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Amazing work! :shock:

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Great puzzle!
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Have you considered putting Redi-style corners on it? That way it could be modded to a cube shape, and the corners would have meaningful orientation.


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 Post subject: Re: TomZ's 3x3x3 + Rainbow Cube
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That is a very nice suggestion! I love it. A Redi 3x3x3 Cube would look quite awesome.

It is indeed one of my regrets that the corners are orientation-less. Though, showing corner orientation does not do much on this puzzle. It's very easy to solve it since you can quite easily change a single corner on the Redi Cube.

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The puzzle I would gladly play with. Last time I expressed such an opinion after the Rex cube was built.
I don't have any good name for this puzzle. But if you design cube shape version, name it Zanden Cube.

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