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 Post subject: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:38 am 
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It's not a cube and it's not subatomic but I believe it is the smallest twisty puzzle ever made.
It's 6mm high and has a diameter also of 6mm. Excluding stickers it's volume is fractionally less than 170 cubic mm.
I made it from one of Callum's incredible 6mm Subatomic Cubes. I considered using a Dremel to cut it down but quickly dismissed that as plain idiotic. So I cut the cube down using a sharp knife and smoothed it with wet & dry sand paper. I then cut the stickers by hand and put them on using my normal method. This is where I use a pin to apply a tiny blob of Super Glue. I then use tweezers to add the stickers. This works though at such a tiny scale the glue often just won't stick. It's very annoying because you think the puzzle is finished but a few seconds into using it you find one or two stickers have come off.
Since the sticker material at this scale is quite thick (in comparison) it doesn't bend around the curved surface of the puzzle as it should. This means it creates the illusion that the puzzle is an octagonal prism rather than a true cylinder. The puzzle however is a true cylinder.

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Subatomic Cylinder Cube next to the Callum's 6mm Subatomic Cube it was made from

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:45 am 
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Wow, that's really cool! Is that the first time a modification has been done to one of the small Shapeways puzzles?

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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no. the first - it small tetraminx (from my pyraminx) :)

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good collection!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:15 am 
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None of this would be possible without you two guys so thanks for helping to make my collection even smaller.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 2:16 pm 
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That's cool!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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Nice puzzle Tony! A real Tony Fisher puzzle :)
Whats next? A Subtatonic Ball?

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:19 am 
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WOW.

I know personally how hard it is working at twice that scale, but that at 6mm, is barely the size of a pea. It is fantastic.

Amazing work as usual, Tony!

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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Small wonder what you have been doing with your time lately.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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That's astonishing Tony. I showed the pics to my family and they were all suitably impressed (even my wife who normally just rolls the eyes...) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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Tony you should shave 1mm of each face to make an even smaller cube ha


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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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hawk wrote:
Tony you should shave 1mm of each face to make an even smaller cube ha

I always think of that kind of thing but Callum took the design to the limit. Any more shaving would interfere with the mechanism.

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 Post subject: Re: Tony Fisher's Subatomic Cylinder Cube
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Tony Fisher wrote:
hawk wrote:
Tony you should shave 1mm of each face to make an even smaller cube ha

I always think of that kind of thing but Callum took the design to the limit. Any more shaving would interfere with the mechanism.

I really ought to talk to some of the precision watch makers here in Geneva, and give them a new challenge. :D

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