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 Post subject: X-Cube 3x3 (with video)
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:26 am 
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This one is based on Alokin's X-Cube 3x3 STL files.

I have to say, this is a really cool puzzle. It's simple, but well designed. The shape makes finger tricks really fun. The way the edge pieces are indented, it's perfect for putting your thumb, and because the corners are extended, it's easy to flick with your fingers.

The only issue is the center caps. They stick out slightly due to the center cubies having to be out far enough for the screws. It's minor, and doesn't really distract from the aesthetics or functionality.

I designed the stickers, cut them out, and chose to use the Ultimate Cube layout, since I thought this puzzle deserved something more than just a basic 3x3 color design, and wanted to take advantage of the X-shape.

Overall, nice design Alokin!

edit 022709: Video added: Video Here

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Looks like someone had crushed a cube.
I'd like to see it with standard stickering.
Very nice.

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 3:47 am 
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The next one I make will be with standard stickers.
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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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flambore wrote:
The only issue is the center caps. They stick out slightly due to the center cubies having to be out far enough for the screws. It's minor, and doesn't really distract from the aesthetics or functionality.

That was actually the first thing I noticed :S

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:13 am 
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It looks great. :) This is my favorite puzzle designed by Alokin.


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:16 am 
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AWESOME mod! Video please? :D

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Very Cool! I love it!

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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This stickering pattern (certainly with the white lines going over the centre pieces),
makes me longing for a 4x4x4 version with unequal cubie sizes! :shock:

I want more =)


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Wow, I don't say this often but this is a brilliant mod - something about it just totally appeals to me. Very very nice job!

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Ryton wrote:
This stickering pattern (certainly with the white lines going over the centre pieces),
makes me longing for a 4x4x4 version with unequal cubie sizes! :shock:

I want more =)


Didn't someone already make a 4x4 version?

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Ryton wrote:
This stickering pattern (certainly with the white lines going over the centre pieces),
makes me longing for a 4x4x4 version with unequal cubie sizes!

Yea, that's why I did the stickers that way. Technically, I could have made the center cap stickers and the edge stickers of each side one piece rather than two, but it looks cooler this way with the split, I think.

This would make an awesome 4x4 mod.

Thanks for the compliments everyone. I can't believe Alokin only charges $10 for the STL files for this. For anyone wanting to get a start at casting, this is probably a good one to try. They're all easy pieces to cast. The stickers are a pain in the butt, but if you have a cutter, I would be happy to give you my template. If you don't have a cutter, I'd still be happy to provide a template in PDF format so you can cut them manually.


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Wow Franky!
I would never thought this is gonna be so niiice! :D

The Ultimate pattern for the stickers fits perfectly for this puzzles


And Frank, You are an awesome caster :mrgreen:
The pieces are all perfect

After seeing the X-Cube, I want more!! :)
You know what I mean :wink: :)

Overall, Perfect :)

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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great job and great looking puzzle! :D

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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just wow!

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Gnarly!!


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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I was wondering when one of these would show itself. It really came out nice. Great job as always!


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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flambore wrote:
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that one has a pattern on it. the 4 center switch

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Yea, believe it or not, that is what the checkerboard pattern looks like. It's hardly scrambled. :)


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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flambore wrote:
The next one I make will be with standard stickers.
:)

do you mean standard pattern or standard pattern cut so it looks like a 4x4x4


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Don't know yet. I'll try both and see which looks better.


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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It looks more like [M2 S2] than a Checkerboard pattern. :)

Regardless, very nice. I like the stickering. I'd love to see a video.

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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so you have a picture showing movement? or a video?

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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I gotta see if I can find my webcam. I don't ever use it, and the last time I did, it wasn't working. If I can get it working, I'll do a video of all the custom puzzles I've been making, including this one.

I actually have this one apart right now. I'm trying to see what I can do about those centers. I'm trying to clip the springs in half to shorten them so I can get the center screws down a little further, and sanding the center cubies. That's the only thing I can do because the center caps are almost paper thin after sanding them.


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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I have been waiting to see this puzzle be built for quite some time now. It turned out great, and the color scheme looks great. Any chance we can see some scrambled pictures of this puzzle?

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Very pretty. Now take an ES 4x4 and make a 4x4 version that's exactly the same size and shape ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Dang man :!: You make so many insanely cool puzzles. you have so many custom made puzzles in your collection! Way to go. Thanks for sharing :!: i hope to see more of your creations in the future.

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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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dshnig wrote:
i hope to see more of your creations in the future.

Sooner than you might think. Check back in a few hours. :)


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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flambore wrote:
dshnig wrote:
i hope to see more of your creations in the future.

Sooner than you might think. Check back in a few hours. :)


I'm waiting on the tip of my seat, for flabore's latest post...


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 Post subject: Re: X-Cube 3x3
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Ryton wrote:
I'm waiting on the tip of my seat, for flabore's latest post...

Well....you've been waiting in the wrong place :)
Check this out!


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