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If that is real, and it works, then count my gast as flabbered. VIDEO or I will not believe! And if we have to wait for a stickered version, then I estimate it will take you at least 3 years to complete that task :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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Why stop there? I mean, go for a Googleminx, at least! :lol:

Seriously, an incredible achievement, I salute you! Does Drewseph know about this? Where is he anyway?

And yes, make a video - I wanna see how many hits it gets.

PS. No discussions on whether it will/should be mass-produced, please! :D

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awesome! this is great!

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:shock: :shock: I'm speechless.... :shock: that is amazing!!!!!

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Waaaah... waaaaaaaaa... *panting*

Now I have another new thing to explode my friends' brains with. How many pieces does it have?

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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First reaction is... why? But don't answer that... I know why. It's cool as pie. (Tempted to say something stronger but it wasn't kid freindly) I honestly don't even want to think about trying to solve that. May I ask how many pieces it has? What has more pieces... this or Oskar's 17x17x17.

Looks like trying to build a snow ball 1 snow flake at a time.

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Looks like trying to build a snow ball 1 snow flake at a time.
Beautiful analogy. But I think trying to make a snowball one snowflake at a time using only your hot hands would be far easier than solving this beast.

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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For all of you who asked... it has 1527 pieces (i think). That number may be off by a few, but that's what I recall it being when I calculated it about a year ago. And it has 10 less pieces than Oskar's 17x17x17. You're welcome Oskar. I was sure that to make it so your record would still exist.

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I have honestly been waiting for this, I knew it would happen someday (have my own designs if it didn't :lol: )

Must say very impressive, I like the size, are the layers easily turned? Of course I can't wait for it to be stickered.

And please please video ASAP! :D


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That's absolutely amazing! Did you cast it because the shapeways price was just too expensive? :lol:

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Fantastic work and great timing after recent discussions.

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Holy whoa. It's a monster.


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Absolutely amazing! The highest order puzzle in existence that isn't a cube. Now THAT is quite the record! Looking forward to a video! :D

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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This is either 6 months early, or six months late. Or did you purposely time this puzzle between 04-01-11 and 04-01-12? I too will wait for a video.

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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It lives!

Unreal, who, how.... what...

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I'd love to see people's faces if you got that thing out your bag and just started casually solving it on a train. :lol:

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Kelvin Stott wrote:
I'd love to see people's faces if you got that thing out your bag and just started casually solving it on a train. :lol:


This is the best description that I've ever seen for a puzzle :lol: !

On a side note, solidworks is coming... time to bring out the yottaminx

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Horrible... Despicable... Terrifying... Unfair... Unbelievable... Amazing... Wonderful...!

:shock: :lol:


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PS. Wow... Mechanism-wise this *is* a joke right? right? RIGHT????

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:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: Aaahhhhhhhhh !!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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No. No way. No freaking way.

Well done, Matt. But you should have waited until April to post it as an April Fools double bluff. That would have been epic.

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 Post subject: Re: EXAMINX
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I will sticker it for you!

But seriously, make sure it's stickered before doing a video. And let's get reeech over here and get this thing scrambled.

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This is phenomenal. I feel as though you divided by zero. Awesome work!

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Fantastic achievement!
Can't wait to see it stickered on a video.

It looks a bit unstable. (like the first 17x17x17)

I think we can forget the "Tiple-Fused-Void-Petaminx" Now the new idol puzzle is the "Tiple-Fused-Void-Examinx"
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When we are still considering if it is worth to make the petaminx...
Now, you bring out the EXAMINX ! Great job !
How much is the cost for 3D printing of EXAMINX ?!

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Kelvin Stott wrote:
I'd love to see people's faces if you got that thing out your bag and just started casually solving it on a train. :lol:


I bet people wouldn't even react amazed because no matter how long the train is going there is not going to be much of a progress visible for anyone who has no idea what exactly you are doing. Maybe intercontinental flights and a lot of coffe for you and your observers. :lol:

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I especially liked the Unfair. :lol: It's really just unfair HAHA.

Amazing Job. So this is not a full 3d print but cast?! I can't believe that.

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Ah, it seems impatience got the better of you. It would have been nice for the puzzle to be shown when completed, but oh well, what's done is done.

This does look very impressive. How well does it turn? With all those small parts, and presumably a V-MECH, it would seem like those parts could catch rather easily, however I could be completely wrong. How do you plan to keep the stickers on? Glue? Ironing? Polishing with a dremel?

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Yeah, its impressive. But when can we expect the crazy version? :lol:

Seriously though.... Why? Just... why? Did you make it for the fame? I can't imagine that it will be much fun to solve :P

Lol that sounds a little harsh, but still bl***y amazing all the same :wink:

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Stickering counts as a solve :D .

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Stickering counts as a solve :D .
I was just thinking: would it not be better to paint each side rather than try to sticker it? Maybe spray paint would work best, or maybe dip-dyeing - I have no idea if anyone has ever tried this with a puzzle, but I imagine that any stickers would peel off very easily and look quite bad after handling for a while. Plus it would take forever to cut them properly and stick them all on with perfect alignment...

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Amazing!

"Does it jumble?"

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P.S. I know it doesn't, but everything else had already been said!

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Am I the olny one to say, finish it before you post it?
That includs assembling, colloring/dying, stickers, much information and backstory, and a video wouldn't hurt

Enoug said, Well done :D I guess I have to something to my zetta now..

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Burgo wrote:
Stickering counts as a solve :D .
I was just thinking: would it not be better to paint each side rather than try to sticker it? Maybe spray paint would work best, or maybe dip-dyeing - I have no idea if anyone has ever tried this with a puzzle, but I imagine that any stickers would peel off very easily and look quite bad after handling for a while. Plus it would take forever to cut them properly and stick them all on with perfect alignment...


I think it is virtually impossible to paint something like this. There is no way that you can get tidy edges to the paint. Super gluing the stickers in a similar fashion to the way I do my micro puzzles would work fine. It would however take a flipping long time as stated.

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Okay, I'm not sure if this is real or fake. I noticed that, in the first picture, the first set of layers are a little off, but everything else is aligned almost perfectly.

If it's real, then :shock:

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I assure you it's real. I have known about this for a while and I'm wondering why it is just now being posted :lol: Congratulations Matt!


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When I saw the title, I was like "Oh, this guy mispelled 'Hexaminx'. Hexaminxes are cool."

But then, I opened the thread. You all know what happened. :shock: :shock: :shock:

This thing is so evil. :twisted:

By the way, you should have beaten Oskar's record, just so he'd have to build something even more insane! :wink:

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Plus wouldn't that kind of mess up this masterpiece? Just imagine it fully stickered. MMHHHHmmmmmm :roll: :lol:

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Why? When a British mountaineer was asked "Why do you climb mountains", he answered "Because they are there". Why have you built this extreme puzzle? Because you can, because it is possible.
(Just saying the obvious.)

Wow and AMAZING!

As everybody else I'm waiting for a video of a stickered puzzle.
BTW, very repectful that it has a few pieces less than Oskar's 17x17x17 :lol:

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Sorry I left everyone with suspense on details. First off, this is printed. I won't tell you how much it costed me. I don't really know how people came up with the idea that it was casted. Well I was fooling around on solidworks a while back, and designed an examinx just for giggles. I honestly never thought I would print it. After the parts came in, I was way over my mind that I got myself into a puzzle so big. This thing was a pain is the rat's butt through a flying donut. Assembling took forever, and I'm still lost on this stickering thing. The pieces are very small. Like if you saw this, you would need like a microscope to see the layers. Surprisingly though, It works to an extent. It's pretty difficult to turn. I put a lot of stability supports in the mechanism, but that just added more friction. The thing is more of a beauty to look at rather than to turn. So this brings me to my last point. Why? Why is a puzzle like this something worth building? Now riddle me this Batman; why is anything worth doing? Well my father once told me "you only live once". Why would you live a life full of nothing. Nobody wants to die with a boring list of accomplishments. When most people die their life was like,'went to collage, got a job, started a family, died'. It's not that these things are bad. But life isn't always about living, it's about making the best of it. So yea that's my motivation to builders.I really need stickering ideas. I really don't want to ruin the thing but trying to do something stupid to it.

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Why is a puzzle like this something worth building? Now riddle me this Batman; why is anything worth doing? Well my father once told me "you only live once". Why would you live a life full of nothing. Nobody wants to die with a boring list of accomplishments. When most people die their life was like,'went to collage, got a job, started a family, died'. It's not that these things are bad. But life isn't always about living, it's about making the best of it.

Beautifully put, Matt! Great achievement.

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Matt, seeing as how all the pieces are so small, I really suggest you iron the pieces!! Otherwise you'll have little stickers jumping around all the time !! :lol:

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Matt, I don't know why you decided to post about this now, I really don't, but nevertheless it is an amazing feat. I love how you worded your reasoning for building it.

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I really need stickering ideas. I really don't want to ruin the thing but trying to do something stupid to it.


Please don't try painting it or using pens etc. YOU WILL ruin it. The easiest option would be to dye all the central pieces (non edge or corners) like Oskar did with his 17x17x17. That wouldn't satisfy me though but the only alternative I can see is getting a friendly sticker maker to knock a set up for you. Then it's several weeks with drops of super glue on the end of a needle and moving stickers round with a pair of tweezers.

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