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 Post subject: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:34 am 
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I finally finished a Gigaminx. This was PuzzleMaster42's v1 design, the same Aleh built from. This should not be confused with TBTTyler's v1 design. Adam's first version is comparable to what most people call v2.

See notes on its creation here

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Enjoy, but don't drop it,

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:49 am 
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very nice, why wont anyone mass produce one of these gigaminx......

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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Nice built you got there! Sadly I never get to touch one of this yet :( ...
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very nice, why wont anyone mass produce one of these gigaminx......

Or else nobody would be desperate for these :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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it would bring me another thousand or two ounces of happiness if he would..... *sigh*

its so pretty

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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Eye candy at its finest. :P


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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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Nice Dave, you finished this up pretty quick since you last showed it to me! It looks beautiful, and it's amazing this came from those once destroyed masters!

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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how retro

EDIT: haha, i was thinking TBTyler's v1 gigaminx. soo... how chic

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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One of the best quality gigaminx's I've ever seen. Really nice job.


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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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Very nice job Dave!

Seeing the pictures makes me want one. :)

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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This looks great Dave! Do you have any pics of the cast/build progress? I always like to see pics like that :)

btw...we've already seen this puzzle....I think you should stop doing things that have already been done and get back to work on the new Elemental stuff :P

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:22 pm 
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gah! I guess I should search first... :oops: thanks calzone :P

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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flambore wrote:
One of the best quality gigaminx's I've ever seen. Really nice job.
Check out the one on the left:
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(my juggling set!)

Aleh's is built from the exact same .stl files but moves like butter, looks beautiful and leaves mine in the dust.

With a bit more work (flattening the center caps, new stickers in a month so no bubbles, rounding all internal edges) it might be able to compare, but not today :)

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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with so much more post-work to be done to achieve the butter-like movement...wouldn't it have been easier to adjust the stl files and reprint a set of masters? I know that means remaking molds so I guess maybe you'd only want to do that if you were planning on making a ton of them....just seems like a lot more work to have to round every piece and such after it's already been casted.

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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If I wanted to re-cast it would be most efficient to just adjust the masters I have (just a bit of edge rounding, and I may do just that). A small bit of sanding on those six and new molds should do it. Well, then casting another 242 parts...

But what then to do with the existing Gigaminx? I suppose it could stay on the shelf but that makes me... sad. I want every puzzle I own to be the best it can be. Particularly when I spent so much time building it. So I may fix this one up, all the internal edges of all 242 pieces, anyway.

This build was more than just making a Gigaminx, a puzzle I have desired for many years. A large part of it was exploring how to build from what I had, which was a single set of pretty damaged masters.

I'm sure Adam would have given me permission to reprint them if I had asked him. I'm sure I could have printed mulitple sets. Heck, I could have printed them with Polyjet. But what would I have done if this were all I had? And why throw away something that can be used?

Fixing these masters and developing methods to scale production based on a lot of preparation time of single masters was a challenge. And one that produced some useful skills and information.

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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One of the best gigaminxes i have seen! Good job! I want one!

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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DLitwin wrote:
Well, then casting another 242 parts...

242??

I had 254 on mine.
is it without caps?

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
PostPosted: Fri Aug 21, 2009 6:48 am 
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David's Gigaminx is awesome. I was lucky to be able to play with it at the US Open (David, where did you go? I lost you and didn't see again!)

Congratulations on your builds. and looking forward to meeting you again (twice in a week, next time you should come to Europe... :) )

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 Post subject: Re: DLitwin's build of PuzzleMaster42's v1 Gigaminx
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I should count the center caps. Since they weren't cast, I kind of forgot about them.

They were indeed laser cut from 1.5mm acrylic, but the hole is only 1mm deep so I had to sand it down. You'll note I didn't do such a great job, you can see the caps bulge out a bit. This is because I was using a vibrating sander, and sanding the cap set inside a scrap center I cast. Because the sander was vibrating, it was hard to hold the center and cap still, so it wound up pillowing it out a bit. I finished them at 2:00am before US Nationals and didn't have the time to do better (I still had to sticker for over an hour...).

I should sand down a sheet of the 1.5mm acrylic before cutting it or perhaps finish the sanding of the existing caps by hand where I can hold the piece flat.

Dave

P.S. Great to see you again David: I had to leave Nationals early to visit Aleh and juggle. I hope to visit Europe perhaps in 2011.

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