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 Post subject: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:34 pm 
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Here is what I've been working on this weekend. Ever since I sold my first Multi Gear Cube Kit, which was version 1.0, I've wanted another. My aim was to find a good way to add face center orientation to the puzzle in a way which was optional. In effect if I offered it as a kit on Shapeways I wanted the buyer to have the option to built it with this feature or not and I wanted both options to look great. I also still feel tiles are the way to go with this puzzle as stickers I feel would just have too small of a surface area to work over the long haul for a puzzle that is intended to be played with, taken apart so a different arrangement of gears can be added, and played with some more. Version 1.0 I felt fell short in this area as the colors were not as vibrant was I had wanted them. So I've now switched from Rit Dye to Jacquard Acid Dye for all colors except for black. See this post for the color advice I'm currently following.

I still need to seal the parts and for that I'm going to try the method Brandon demonstrates here. And it may be next weekend before I get to finish this up. But here are some pics. I'll be posting a video after I've sealed the parts. The first configuration this puzzle will be assembled in is the Gear Cube Extreme Evil Twin configuration Bram discusses here.

I also have some sad news (for me at least). My "real" camera is dead. Granted its over a decade old so I should be getting a new one anyways but until then I'm forced to use my cell phone for picture taking.

Here are the parts:
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This shows how the tiles fit into the face center. They are pressed in with a clean pair or pliers. There is no glue yet but they fit tight enough there is no danger of them falling out on their own.
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Isn't she pretty?
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Nothing is inside the puzzle at this point, not even the core. I was just loosely fitting the cubies as I was adding the tiles to the parts as a way of making sure I was putting the tiles in the correct locations.
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Version 1.0 functioned well as I expect this one to but I've already made some minor tweaks to the design so there will be a version 3.0, which is the one which will likely get placed in my Shapeways shop. This one has been my color testing and sealing guinea pig and provided I don't screw it up the plan is to offer it on eBay... maybe in time for Christmas. I'm currently prototyping 5 new twisty puzzles plus 1 other redesigned twisty puzzle which have already been ordered from Shapeways. A couple of these you already know about, here and here. And I still have 4 more designs in my head that I still need to prototype not counting Gear Cube Kit version 3.0. So... per the wife... I need to sell a few puzzles before I can do too much more playing in Shapeways. Looks like I'll be using my cell phone as my main camera for a while longer. Just too many puzzles I want to make.

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Carl

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:54 am 
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Wow.. I sure love how vibrant the colors came out, it looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:46 pm 
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None of the pictures are showing up, all I see is:

Here are the parts:
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This shows how the tiles fit into the face center. They are pressed in with a clean pair or pliers. There is no glue yet but they fit tight enough there is no danger of them falling out on their own.
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Isn't she pretty?
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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:47 pm 
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The site the images are hosted on is down. Hopefully it'll be back tomorrow :)

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:28 pm 
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Sorry about that. My friend, Shawn, runs a site called MacrossWorld and he's offered to host my personally site for me. I see MacrossWorld is down too so when his site comes back up I'd expect mine to come back as well. I'll email him and see if I can find out what is going on. If its not back up by the time I get home I can upload the pictures here as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:12 pm 
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It's just brilliant Carl, an amazing piece of work you're doing on this!

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Nice work!

I especially like the way you did the color for each part and the orientation for the centers. It looks really elegant.

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:12 pm 
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Maybe we should move this to the Puzzle Building and Modding section. Looks like I'm farther away from being finished then I hoped. The parts are now sealed... but I broke the core during break in / assembly.

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So I now need to re-design / beef up this part and have it printed. This will delay things a few weeks.

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Gives a whole new meaning to "breaking a puzzle in." :P

In all seriousness, though, this is awesome!! Throw some big fillets around the base circles of the core, and put it on shapeways!

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:54 am 
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Oh man, this is amazing! I wish I could buy one pre-dyed.

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 Post subject: Re: Multi Gear Cube Kit version 2.0
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:38 pm 
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Brilliant colors... The cube looks fantastic as is, and the gears and other pieces are just great-looking.

Nice job.


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