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 Post subject: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:56 pm 
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Are there any reliable methods to make a 3x3 quieter? I want to make my 3x3 quiet but don't know how. I had an idea of filling the pieces with foam so the sound can't reverberate through the piece. I don't know what to do. Tell me what you think or if you have any ideas. Much appreciated,
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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:08 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:11 pm 
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Way too noisy Gus, and the wind blowing.. ehhh.. ;) :lol:


Proper lubrication for one. Take the entire thing apart, clean it and lube it, including inside the core.

Then also.. what brand is your 3x3? A moyu huanying is much more rattlier (is that a word?) than a zhanchi for instance. you can not help that too much. If you want a quiet cube you have to start at the very base, which is the puzzle pieces themselves.

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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:47 pm 
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I'm also on the quest for the quiet cube. The quietest I have had so far is a modded GuHong, a 55 mm ZhanChi and a ShuangRen. Lubing and breaking in matters. The ShuangRen can be sand paper-noisy when it's new, but it's the quietest one when corner cutting. I'm going to try filling the pieces of a cube with some sort of spray foam one of these days.


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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:53 pm 
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Kattenvriendin wrote:
Way too noisy Gus, and the wind blowing.. ehhh.. ;) :lol:


Proper lubrication for one. Take the entire thing apart, clean it and lube it, including inside the core.

Then also.. what brand is your 3x3? A moyu huanying is much more rattlier (is that a word?) than a zhanchi for instance. you can not help that too much. If you want a quiet cube you have to start at the very base, which is the puzzle pieces themselves.
I already lubed the core and cut off all the flash and it still is really loud. It's a YJ YuLong and I thing the reason it is so loud is because all the pieces are indented except the centers so the transition might cause some noise.

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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
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I would try the speedsolving.com forum for more tips, they have lots of experience with different brands 3x3.

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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
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Cut circular grooves and add rubber ball bearings in the grooves to keep the hard plastic pieces/surfaces/layers apart?

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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
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I thought about experiementing with putting some kind of foam in the empty space of the pieces, but I'm far too lazy.

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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:30 pm 
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I filled every piece with foam and it made it marginally quieter but it wasn't worth the effort...


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 Post subject: Re: Making 3x3s Quieter
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The noise comes from hard surfaces moving against each other, hence my previous suggestion to add rubber balls and grooves. I think this would be quite effective, and don't see any other way to do it.

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