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 Post subject: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Hello everyone!

This is my first post and I thought I would introduce myself a little, so here goes nothing. My name is Ben Streeter and I am 16 years old. I am mostly interested in twisty puzzle building and designing. I prefer to do this through 3D printing, but I also make puzzles by hand. I like solving puzzles as well, but I usually only do this in my spare time.

With that out of the way, I would like to introduce one of my first custom puzzles: the Shapeshifting 3x3x6.
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As you can see, it is a 3x3x6 cuboid, which is fully functional:
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However, you will notice that it is not evenly proportional, and was designed this way on purpose: when turning the 3x6 sides by 90 degrees, you can turn the puzzle again. This turns it into a 3x3x3:
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Now, a Cubic 3x3x6 also turns into a 3x3, but it doesn't shapeshift since it is cubic. However, by extending some of the layers to be fully proportional, they stick out which cause the puzzle to change shape.
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The puzzle was designed in Solidworks and printed in WSF by Shapeways. Size is 57mmX57mmX85.5mm.

Well, that's about it for this puzzle! Video coming soon Video


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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:17 pm 
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That's very cool! :o

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:22 pm 
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Nice puzzle! And welcome to the community!

I would love to see the middle two layers designed so that Rubik's and Cube4You brand parts could be incorporated. For example you could take a 3x3x3 and use the middle layers to make a cubic 'shapeshifting' 3x3x4, or the Cube4You 3x3x5 to make a cubic 3x3x6.

I really do like this puzzles, and I'm looking forward to what else you have in store. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:48 pm 
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I've been hoping someone would make this kind of puzzle :D


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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:45 pm 
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Wow.. so young and already so skillful!

Yay future, this already looks great :) Can't wait to see the video :)

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:37 pm 
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Wonderful work! Welcome to the forum!

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Neat. It's like a split 3x3x5.

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Nice build. I've seen you on YouTube here and there. Welcome to the forum!

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:49 am 
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Beyond all the praise you deserve I want to say:
Very good photos.


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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:31 pm 
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As promised here is the video.

I shall blame my camera's video format for the delay :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Shapeshifting 3x3x6
PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:00 am 
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What a perfectly designed video! Very well done and my compliments.

I hope you can fix the issues with it, but it sure looks really nice :)

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