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 Post subject: Mechanisms
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:03 pm 
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Do we think that the mechanisms employed by Tony Fisher are similar to the Puzzle Reconstruction Studio?

http://puzzle3d.hp.infoseek.co.jp/sub5.html


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 Post subject: Re: Mechanisms
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 2:41 am 
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Tony Fisher is a master of taking existing mechanisms and building them up. Generally speaking the 3d construction studio puzzles on that page aren't simple buildups of existing puzzles.

Let's compare one example, the 3x3x4. Mr. Fisher took an Eastsheen 4x4x4, glued a couple of pieces together to limit the rotation, and then added prosthetics. The end result is a perfectly functional 3x3x4. The only drawback is its somewhat large size.

On the other hand Mr. Watanabe probably started with a regular Revenge, redesigned/modified the core and modified every cubelet so as to end up with a perfect scaled-down 3x3x4 puzzle.

One method is fairly approachable by anybody with enough patience and skill to make the prothetics and line them up properly. However the other is prohibitively more difficult. So much so that it's not even for sale because it took so long to make. At least Mr. Fisher's work is occasionally available for purchase at a fairly reasonable cost.

I'm sure some methods are similar but I find that the 3d construction studio puzzles are generally significantly more challenging to make.


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 Post subject: Re: Mechanisms
PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 6:49 am 
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Just a minor correction. Katsuhiko Okamoto is the genius and hard work behind the 3D puzzle reconstruction studio. He does credit Mr. Watanabe and others for the idea of some of the puzzles. However many, such as the incredible Master Pyraminx and Master Skewb are the creation of Katsuhiko.


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 Post subject: Re: Mechanisms
PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:49 am 
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Yes I am aware that multiple individuals contribute to the 3d construction studio. I was merely using that one particular example which I assumed was Mr. Watanabe's work. Besides, they do show the credited name next to the puzzle.


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