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 Post subject: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:02 pm 
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The same pattern appears on all sides in a rotated form.

I built up the geometry using spare pieces from old broken cubes I have lying around. I still ran out of bits and ended up using a spare DIY.
I then plated it with 1mm thick styrene sheet, filled the grid furrows caused by fillets on the inner surfaces, and finally stickered with hand-cut bright/fluorescent Cubesmith vinyl.

Slightly harder than a regular cube, as it requires supersolving the centres. As you can see, it makes some interesting and confusing shapes :D

I've been playing with it most of this afternoon and it's not so intimidating as it first looks, once you get used to relating the layers to a standard cube.

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Insane! Good job too. Looks good quality.. Does it turn good?


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Excellent work. The last two pictures make me think of Mirror's Edge.

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I like those very random shapes when the puzzle is scrambled. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Very nice mod! I wonder how many other 3x3x3 shape variants exist. I saw a compiled list in an old post, but I'm pretty sure there has been at least a dozen new variants since.

Anyway, great job Justin. Keep up the good work!

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Is that all out of a 3x3!?

That's awesome! I can't even see much of the 3x3 in it!

Great work!

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Another great mod!

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I wonder how many other 3x3x3 shape variants exist.
Erm... infinitely many.

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Very beautiful puzzle! I love it!

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WOW!! That is a GREAT puzzle! :D


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Great work, I love the way it looks mixed up too!


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Yup, I do like this :)

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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BOOSH!!!

Looks excellent, you've got quite the skills my friend.


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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Beautiful. This is quite possibly the most appealing tetrahedral puzzle I have ever seen.

If I am understanding correctly, it appears that:
Two Centers form the midpoint of the 3-piece edges
The remaining four Centers become part of altitude of each face, being the piece next to the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the midpoints of the 5-piece edges.
The remaining four Edges become part of the altitude of each face, being the second piece from the corners.
The Corners become the 2nd and 4th pieces of the 5-piece edges.
For a total of six unique pieces.

Have I correctly found the underlying 3*3*3?

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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How do you get your puzzles to look so good? I'm so jealous i could never have the skill to make one of those

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I second that question! This puzzle is absolutely amazing! As soon as the pictures loaded I said out loud "WOOOOOWWWWWW" lol

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Congratulations! That is one of the best built and photographed mods I've ever seen.

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Wow Justin. It's amazing that you always come up with mods that look so simple, so natural, yet so highly original.

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Wow. Once again, flawless and beautiful.


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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
If I am understanding correctly, it appears that:
Two Centers form the midpoint of the 3-piece edges
The remaining four Centers become part of altitude of each face, being the piece next to the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the midpoints of the 5-piece edges.
The remaining four Edges become part of the altitude of each face, being the second piece from the corners.
The Corners become the 2nd and 4th pieces of the 5-piece edges.
For a total of six unique pieces.

Have I correctly found the underlying 3*3*3?


Pretty much the way it is. Hope the diagram helps.
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2 types of centre, 4 types of edge (2 are a mirrored pair), 2 types of corner (mirrored pair)

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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That is sick! I wouldn't know where to start :lol:

I got a serious headache from looking at it scrambled because there are way too many colours and wacky shapes :P


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Excellent job! I really like this one.


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You're setting a high standard for invention and neatness. :)

How does that name translate? Strange shape?

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This puzzle looks really fantastic.
A beautiful shape, perfectly built.
Is there a waiting list already :?: :wink:

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NICE

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Unbelivable! :shock:
Absolutely awesome!
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Amazing, =D

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outstanding quality!
It looks like production puzzle!

original design!

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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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The design, size, shape-changebility, choice of sticker colors, and picture quality are all very awesome. I like it when puzzles have these illogical patterns, but having them on each side, making it kind of logical, like the hexaminx.

Have you already tried to solve it?

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very nice, good idea, I love so much!!!
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Thanks for the comments :)
krazedkat wrote:
Does it turn good?
Movement is good. I used a very well broken-in DIY A type cube as the base. The area of the inner surfaces is quite large, so that has slowed it a little.
Since so much of the inner surfaces are exposed when scrambled, I'm leaving them unlubed.

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How does that name translate? Strange shape?
Yes. Xeno = 'stranger'. Not to be confused with Xena: Warrior Princess :wink:

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Have you already tried to solve it?
I've done a few solves on it. The last layer is a bit tricky to relate to a standard cube due to the strange shape of the modded corners.
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Quality stuff.

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The quality of your builds is absolutely unbelievable Justin, Amazing work!


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 Post subject: Re: Xenomorphix (3x3x3 shape variant)
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Justin wrote:
Jeffery Mewtamer wrote:
If I am understanding correctly, it appears that:
Two Centers form the midpoint of the 3-piece edges
The remaining four Centers become part of altitude of each face, being the piece next to the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the Tetrahedral Corners.
Four Edges become the midpoints of the 5-piece edges.
The remaining four Edges become part of the altitude of each face, being the second piece from the corners.
The Corners become the 2nd and 4th pieces of the 5-piece edges.
For a total of six unique pieces.

Have I correctly found the underlying 3*3*3?


Pretty much the way it is. Hope the diagram helps.
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2 types of centre, 4 types of edge (2 are a mirrored pair), 2 types of corner (mirrored pair)

= 8 unique pieces.


So let me get this straight...

The corners became edges, the edges became corners, and some centers turned to edges?

:shock: In a complicated, twisted way, it all makes sense...

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6x6 4:26.05 (6:34.68)
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