Second puzzle of the day; the Void "Ube".VIDEO
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The Void “Ube” is a shape modification of the Void Cube puzzle; invented by Katsuhiko Okamoto. The shape was achieved by removing two edge pieces and then chopping out a section of the puzzles mechanism. Removing a section of the mechanism restricts the ways in which the puzzle can be twisted, thus making the puzzle behave like a type of bandaged cube.
The puzzle was really simple to make; taking little over an hour. After sawing the section of the mechanism out, I chose to superglue the internal parts that had been affected by the sawing together to strengthen the puzzle; had I not done this “illegal” moves would be possible which would cause the puzzle to fall to pieces. Sanding the exposed mechanism so as to neaten its appearance was probably the most time consuming and laborious element of the project.
I decided on Black and White coloured pieces as I wanted to make something a little different. Although it has made the puzzle far easier to solve, it makes a nice change from the norm of applying stickers.
The puzzle has nice movement considering part of its mechanism has been removed. It does however feel a little tight, but this is to be expected when parts of the mechanism have been glued together closer than they would ordinarily be.
Thanks for looking,
RyanNote Regarding the use of White Cubies
I am aware that there are no legitimate White plastic Void Cubes; however I did buy a White Void Cube before I was aware of its “status” and obviously had I known I would not have bought it. I do not advocate the buying of copy puzzles as it is disrespectful to the original designers who have worked very hard on their puzzles. The Black parts of the puzzle are from a legitimate Gentosha Void Cube, which can be bought from; Tribox.jp & hknowstore.com
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