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 Post subject: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:09 am 
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On May 15th, 2008 I put out a ‘design request’ for the “Lorente's Florid Sphere” puzzle.
This is the puzzle that was initially shown in the Scientific American article by Douglas Hofstadter in July 1982.
For reference, see the following link:
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It was proposed to design such a puzzle based on a Rainbow Cube.
Although I believe that this would still be possible, Adam (Puzzlemaster42) took a different route and designed such a puzzle based on a new mechanism.
The puzzle parts have been 3d-printed (sls), assembled and stickered.
The results are shown below.
I choose for an 8-colour stickering similar to the colouring of the Dino Star puzzles.
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Actually, Adam made 2 design variations; one with oval kind of pieces requiring stickering and one with split (‘clickable’) pieces that can be painted individually (shown below in white).
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The turning of the puzzle is quite smooth, although care has to be taken to align the parts well (not because of hooking but because alignment has to be precise before a next rotation can be made).
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Thanks a lot to Adam for preparing the design.

Geert


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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:19 am 
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Geert, fantastic looking new puzzle. Great work!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:23 am 
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now that is quite amazing. A+

video?

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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:37 am 
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thats a huge dino!

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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:07 am 
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reminds me of a skewb mech


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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:33 am 
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That does look amazing, but I'd like to see a video to see how it turns.

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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
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would I be mistaken if I said that this mechanism is like two skewb mechanism in the same place?

Just last night I laid sleepless. because I was thinking about this mechanism.

Great job! and boy, what collector doesnt find that last image breathtaking! all those dinos..

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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
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It looks awesome, I love the idea of using a sphere to show the all the hidden pieces of the Dino cube.

So for the people curios about the mech, imagine taking a Dino cube and cutting into it until it becomes a sphere. The centers, which are hidden on the Dino, become clearly visible.

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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
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love the puzzle man thats sweet also like the colors


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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 11:28 am 
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Spherical RainbowCube!
Cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Lorente’s Florid Sphere puzzle finally made
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Has anybody told Doug Hofstadter already?

Edit:
I did so and really got a feedback within minutes!
He's very surprised, amazed .. etc about the puzzles existing so far.
I'll tell you more later, since it is of course not allowed to quote someone without his agreement.

Maybe we got a new fan!

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