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 Post subject: Solving 4x4x4 with a twist
PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:01 pm 
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I understand that almost no one besides me has a physical 4x4x4 with a twist to solve but after coloring the pieces and discovering the new difficulty of this puzzle I needed to start this topic.

A demonstration of an uncolored sample of the puzzle is here.

The puzzle parts can be bought here. The V3 pieces are better than the other version but the v2 set of four costs way less. The v3 is not prototyped and the v2 has no major problems with it as shown in the video.

I can solve the puzzle all the way except for the super edges' colors. I have one edge with two blue pieces and another edge with an orange and red piece. Any algorithm ideas to swap a blue piece with one of the others? Once that is done I should be able to solve it like a normal 4x4x4. I plan to buy the full set soon because this will be one hard puzzle when all edges can intermix.

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 Post subject: Re: Solving 4x4x4 with a twist
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:31 am 
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I would imagine you could solve it almost like Square-2 corners. I think a 12 edge version would be a lot better, but they're so expensive!

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 Post subject: Re: Solving 4x4x4 with a twist
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:17 am 
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I think that might work except each edge pair has 4 pieces instead of 8. I really wish I could make them cheaper but I have no idea why it is so expensive. All walls are 1 mm or less in v3. V2 should cost more because it has thicker walls and such yet for some reason it doesn't. I will continue to try and make the price cheaper but I don't expect anything greater than a few dollars less.

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 Post subject: Re: Solving 4x4x4 with a twist
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You didn't forget to make an opening in the part for material to escape, right? That would drive up the price a bit.

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 Post subject: Re: Solving 4x4x4 with a twist
PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:46 pm 
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Garrett wrote:
You didn't forget to make an opening in the part for material to escape, right? That would drive up the price a bit.

All pieces "should" be perfect with V3 but it costs about the same as if I had solid 1.5 cm wide blocks for each edge. I will really look into this and contact Shapeways if I can't fix it to see if it is a problem with their price calculator.

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