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 Post subject: Exterminate! Exterminate! Now on Shapeways!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:04 am 
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Well, it's a long time since my Tardis Cube, but you can't have good without evil, dark without light, so I decided to do a Dalek puzzle. I designed it in SketchUp, printed in WSF by Shapeways, coloured using RIT dye and metallic Sharpie pens.

I had to split the Dalek into many parts so that they could be coloured separately to give the desired final look.
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The donor cube was a 2x2x4 (as for the Tardis Cube) but I had to slightly truncate it to fit in with the Dalek design. The parts were glued onto the cube using superglue gel to minimize any runoff which would glue the cube parts together.
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The finished Dalek.
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The three appendages are removable to enhance your puzzling pleasure.
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You may have noticed that I have bandaged the middle two layers of the 2x2x4 so the finished puzzle is a 2x2x3. This was because I wanted the top layer of the cube to be the "head" to that it could turn realistically, as I wanted the puzzle to be a good model as well, and the three sections of the Dalek more easily fit with a 2x2x3 split.

The puzzle is 210mm tall and weighs 380g. The turning is good because I lubricated the 2x2x4 very well, although due to the large pieces you have to carefully align them before turning.

*** UPDATE *** This is now in my Shapeways Shop

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:30 am 
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Brilliant! I'm very impressed. The seam in front runs straight through those white knobby things, bisecting them. A less courageous person making a 2x2x3 Dalek shape mod would have had the seam run between two rows of the white knobby things. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:33 am 
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I have never seen even a single episode of Doctor Who(I really need to fix that), and I cannot see the posted images, but this sounds totally awesome, especially since I would assume this gives every part a unique shape making it suitable for a blind man's puzzle.

I am guessing copyright concerns would prevent this design from being made available to the public though.

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:29 am 
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rplass wrote:
Brilliant! I'm very impressed. The seam in front runs straight through those white knobby things, bisecting them. A less courageous person making a 2x2x3 Dalek shape mod would have had the seam run between two rows of the white knobby things. :)
Thanks guys. The vertical axes run between the rows of balls at the front but the other one splits the balls at the sides because if I moved this axis front or back to miss them then this had a bad effect on the size of the puzzle. And I didn't want to move or reduce the vertical lines of balls to avoid this axis because then it would not be true to the design of our overlorsd and masters :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:54 am 
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Gus wrote:
The vertical axes run between the rows of balls at the front

I wasn't aware that Daleks had axes but otherwise a great puzzle. I still wish I could find an easy non CAD way to fit an irregular shape around an existing puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:56 am 
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You have to do me a favor!
Please write a description for this. I am afraid I cant do this thing justice!


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:27 pm 
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@Andreas: Done!

I forgot to mention two things. One, I angled the head part slightly to one side so that the eye stalk did not get cut in two by the puzzle axis. Also, I forgot to cut the large squarish gold "slat" at the front of the middle section in two in my 3D design, so I had to do this by hand and fill the pieces with Apoxie Sculpt.

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:58 pm 
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Excellent work.

Will it be available at you shapeways shop?


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:14 pm 
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Ha-ha-ha...
That's cool!
Real treat for fans! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:16 pm 
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I would love one of these to complement my TARDIS.

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:33 am 
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Ok... this is absolutely brilliant, but we have a small paradoxical problem:

Whoever has the TARDIS is automatically the inventor of this puzzle
(and consequently of all the puzzles in this world), as he/she will have
the luxury of bringing them further back time (i.e. claiming prior art rights).

8-) :lol: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:08 am 
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kastellorizo wrote:
Whoever has the TARDIS is automatically the inventor of this puzzle
(and consequently of all the puzzles in this world), as he/she will have
the luxury of bringing them further back time (i.e. claiming prior art rights).
And thats why I wanted Gus to write the description ...
Thank you Gus. I will add it next week.


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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
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clauswe wrote:
Will it be available at you shapeways shop?
I have to fix a few problems and make some improvements first. I'm not sure who (if anyone) holds the copyright for a Dalek, but if I can I will make this available on my shop. It's not cheap though, it's by far my most expensive Shapeways model :( If my wife ever finds out how much it cost ... :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
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That is quite masterfully crafted, many props on this incredibly aesthetically pleasing puzzle!

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate!
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This is not entirely unexpected, but is entirely awesome Gus!

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 Post subject: Re: Exterminate! Exterminate! Now on Shapeways!
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:14 pm 
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******* UPDATE ********

I have made the improvements needed and this puzzle is now in my Shapeways Shop It is expensive, but that's because it is big. I have included some spare parts (balls, appendages etc.) and also some small stands to help in painting/colouring the balls.

I found that metallic ink pens worked really well on the WSF material for colouring the balls, eyes, appendages, slats and grills. I coloured other small areas using a black Sharpie, but you have to be careful that the ink does not bleed too much as WSF is very porous, even after dyeing. Using a well used pen, which is almost out of ink, helps with this.

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