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 Post subject: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:56 pm 
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I wanted to make a puzzle but I'm pretty sure it would need magnets in order to stabilize it. I was just wondering what magnets would work best. I was also wondering how to make sure the magnets don't repel each other when the puzzle is scrambled. Also I think I will need small magnets for some parts. Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:01 pm 
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http://www.kjmagnetics.com is the way to go. Check out their discount section first.

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 Post subject: Re: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:44 pm 
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O thanks for the link! I think this solves my problem of what size. the only things I would still like to know are how to keep them from repelling each other and I was also wondering if only super glue was needed to hold them in place.

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 Post subject: Re: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:03 am 
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Magnets repelling can cause quite a few problems. Let's take Greg Pentultimate for example. It uses magnets to hold itself together, but the magnets repel at an exact mid turn. The way to prevent this is to make a magnetic Master Pentultimate and then bandage it into a normal Pentultimate. The problem with this however is you need a bandaged Megaminx internally to make sure the Master Pentultimate is aligned. Then you have the next problem of trying to connect the Megaminx and the Master Pentultimate together, and you put a Pyraminx Crystal in between to hold each of the layers together. You then realise that what you've done is made a Pentultimate with the best mechanism, the shells mechanism. So you throw away the magnets and you have an awesome Pentultimate. :lol:

You need to check the geometry to see if it will cause any problems. Besides, if they're only for stabilising, you shouldn't have to use them.

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 Post subject: Re: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:46 am 
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well it should have the exact same geometry as a super x so how would you go about adding magnets to that?

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 Post subject: Re: Stabilizing puzzles with magnets
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:47 am 
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Super-Xs have been made with the power of magnets, so it should work.

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