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.
File comment: Shapeshifting 3x3x6: solved
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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