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TIE Cube
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A 3x3x3 resembling the TIE fighters from Star Wars. Due to its pieces shapes it implements a subgroup of the 3x3x3.

This puzzle might at first glance look like a shape transformed 3x3x3 but it is more than that.
This puzzle allows 90�-turns only for one axis. The other two axes allow only halfturns. This subgroup of the 3x3x3 is equivalent to a tetragonal prism. This means corners and edges can not change their orientation and it has 19508428800 permutations.
This is the first physical puzzle which implements this specific subgroup of the 3x3x3. Solving is similar to a 2x3x3 with an additional middle layer.
This puzzle was designed in CAD. Masters were printed and afterwards duplicated with casting. For an additional feature the puzzle is stickered in a midtwist state. A feature well-known form the Golden Cube.
Five years after the original a "Single Axis Curvy 3x3x3" surfaced (image 5) made by a different builder.



Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Andreas Nortmann.


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