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 Post subject: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:55 pm 
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I'm happy to present my Silver Orb puzzle. It's a higher order version of the vintage Parker Brothers puzzle "The Orb". Instead of 4 tracks of beads, it has 5 tracks. It is 3d printed in Nylon and polyJet resin, with some parts plated with copper and then with chrome by a classic car parts restoration company.

Some beads are harvested from sacrificial puzzles bought on ebay, and the white beads are 3d printed, designed to the exact same dimensions.

The rows of beads have 8, 22, 26, 22, and 8 beads. There is a tiny bit of fudging to make the bead count work. Can you see it? Would the next higher order orb need the fudging? :) Highlight for the answer --> No, the next orb falls gracefully into whole numbers of beads.

Instead of the 3 midway positions the original orb can stop in, there are 4 midway positions, (only 3 are shown below), all of which combine all beads into a single row. Does this affect the solve?

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:17 pm 
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I love it! Great work, when can I buy one?

Chris


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:19 pm 
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The original Orb can be solved using only 90 degree turns of the big axis, and once the beads are separated between the poles only 180 degree turns, so the interesting move involving everything can be completely ignored. Your variant requires usage of that, at least to get all the pieces in the right rows. Still not a terribly hard puzzle, but not as disappointingly trivial as the original Orb.


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Hey that's great!

I'll guess original beads weren't used for the middle row because there would be too many original Orbs to sacrifice. :( There aren't too many of those guys left.

As a big fan of the original Orb, I'm thrilled to see this new puzzle and would love one of my own! Congratulations!

I propose the name: Fingerprint Orb (because of the chrome)


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Very cool! I had the original Orb way back when (and still do) and I love your variation.


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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
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Very beautiful!

Jason, what I love about this puzzle (besides it being a higher order of the Orb puzzle) is perfection. The attention to all miniscule details that makes the resulting object perfect and complete. Wonderful work!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:33 am 
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Thanks a lot you guys!

I just added it to Shapeways for $149!
A set of 30 white or black beads can be ordered for $24.

It won't come Chromed, of course, but if you want one, there you go! Please read the description. Moving 86 beads along WSF simultaneously requires sanding.

https://www.shapeways.com/model/1228433 ... rsion.html

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:59 am 
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Love this variation, nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
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Wow, very well done! I can't believe it took 30 years or so for a 'master' version of the orb to be made.
I would love for this to be mass produced, but sadly, I don't think there would be enough demand to make it worth the work.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
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This is much better but I wonder how many layers we could add without over doing it? I always thought the Orb was a easy puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
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Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow!
Jason Smith wrote:
...with some parts plated with copper and then with chrome by a classic car parts restoration company
This is so incredibly beautiful! How can we not do this for all puzzles from now on?

Just delicious. Meet me before Thursday and I'll bring it to IPP to show off!

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 Post subject: Re: Jason's Silver Orb - on Shapeways
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:21 am 
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Jason, I knew your icosas but this is one of your best puzzles.

Unbelievable, that no one had this idea before. Great design!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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