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 Post subject: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:40 pm 
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This is the MazeBall!

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I hope you like this as a design and as a puzzle.
It’s a fake-twisty puzzle, because it can rotate around one axis but cannot scramble.

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Size (assembled): approx. round 122 mm
Weight: approx. 300 grams

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Youtube video of assembly

The aim of the puzzle is to bring the ball through the maze from one end of the MazeBall to the other end. Going back through the maze should give you the same experience, as this puzzle is mirror-symmetrical.

Added to this challenge is the situation that this maze is a kind of maze within a maze. This makes solving it much more complex (hence more fun) than "align the rings and follow the path". The rotation of adjacent rings is restricted by a simple groove-and-notch system, especially designed to prevent you from positioning the rings such that the maze can be navigated at once. In other words, you are forced to reposition the rings several times while the ball is somewhere in the maze. This makes solving take longer than you would expect at first sight!

For experienced puzzlers I’d rate the challenge as ‘moderate’.

The maze of the MazeBall is different from the maze of the MazeRoll and MazeCone, but the design and solution method are comparable. Main extra features of the MazeBall are that it’s a large puzzle and it’s the best (easiest) puzzle to assemble yourself from the Shapeways kit.

The MazeBall is available at my Shapeways shop and ready assembled at my wife’s webshop.

The MazeBall is a registered design (reg.no. 002144584-0002).

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 5:22 pm 
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That is amazing!! I remember having the old marble maze tilty labyrinth game from childhood. This is sweet... I think I am going to get me one and paint it like the Death Star.

Also you may want to edit your link to your shapeways shop.... it is not working.

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:21 am 
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Awesome!

That's no moon... it's a space station...

Dave

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:43 am 
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DLitwin wrote:
That's no moon... it's a space station...

Oopsss..... I forgot to attach the wings :lol:

Squircifer wrote:
Also you may want to edit your link to your shapeways shop.... it is not working.

Thanks for informing me! I've updated the link.
I'd love to see how you can turn it into a Death Star :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:00 pm 
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i have an idea about how to do it and still keep the functionality... i will have to save up and get me this puzzle.... i already want to mod a middle trench and a special entry/exit point and paint a smalll x wing on the ball,.

geeks,...

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:37 am 
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You can still try this method to get a discount at Shapeways (worked for me last time).
And maybe this can also be effected in a discount coupon period at Shapeways, so you'll have double discount then.

In between you can save for this and other nice puzzles.

(I know the MazeBall is expensive. Mainly due to the cost of 3D printing in combination with its size. And I also wanted it to be sturdy enough)


Still love to see the result -some kind of twisty Death Star- one day (in space)...

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:54 am 
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I really like this range of puzzles! I'll have to buy one eventually.

The ball also just reminded me of the TROi puzzle I got not so long ago, just a bit more complex.

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 Post subject: Re: MazeBall released
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:05 am 
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Hybrid424 wrote:
The ball also just reminded me of the TROi puzzle I got not so long ago, just a bit more complex.

Thanks for sharing!
I see some resemblance in the appearance.

For myself, I bought a 1970's (?) Mays Roller maze because when I visited Louis and his collection I was shocked by its look which had somewhat of my Mazeroll. Shocked, because I had never seen a maze in cylinder shape before (and had Googled also for such before starting to work on the MazeRoll, my first project)

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