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 Post subject: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:51 am 
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Hi Non-Twisty Puzzles fans,

Gear Maze 2S is the third of the Gear Mazes. Gear Maze 2x2 and Gear Maze 3x3 are also posted the Non-Twisty Puzzles Forum.

Gear Maze 2S is a two-sided gear maze. It has four gears, each of which has a simple maze at both sides. The 17-teeth gears mesh with each other and they are driven by the big 45-teeth gear around them. A small ball (or actually, two small balls glued together) runs through the maze, driven by gravity and inertia. The object is to get the ball from the small circular hole to the triangular hole.

The maze is quite confusing. The ball always jumps to holes at the other side. Also some through paths are actually dead ends, whereas some dead ends are actually through paths or even junctions. The topology of the maze has a lot of interconnected loops and meshes to add to the confusion.

Watch the YouTube video.
Buy the puzzle at LaserExact!.

Check out the photos below.

Enjoy!

Oskar
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 Post subject: Re: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:58 am 
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Awesome! Was this at all based on the idea that I had suggested in the Gear Maze 2x2 thread?

Luke wrote:
Impressive stuff Oskar. Have you considered a design with multiple layers? I think that would make quite a cool design too. Also, you could use gears to control where in the next layer the ball falls to.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:10 am 
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Luke wrote:
Awesome! Was this at all based on the idea that I had suggested in the Gear Maze 2x2 thread?
Sorry, no. Gear Maze 2S has already been for sale for several years.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:39 pm 
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Nice! Why the crescent part on the side to turn an outer cog, rather than give side acces to one smaller cog as in the 2x2 version? Is it just to get enough torque/leverage?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:40 pm 
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KelvinS wrote:
Nice! Why the crescent part on the side?


Presumably something to hold onto. You wouldn't have an easy grip holding the bottom side if all the parts are turning.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Maze 2S by OSKAR
PostPosted: Thu Dec 08, 2011 4:56 pm 
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Hi Oskar and others,

See quite some interesting stuff here regarding mazes. I was already surprised to find (and buy) a laser-cut 'wheel maze' in Monschau 2 weeks ago (there's a puzzle shop there).

But now I find there's much more laser cut maze puzzle creation done.

Also find the LaserExact store interesting for my overview page (http://www.doolhoven.startpagina.nl), so added it there.

Was even surprised that the shop is Dutch....
Is it the Dutch that live in a maze.....?


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