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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 11:16 am 
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20 days for me, from ordering to cubes in my hand - Meffert's to Michigan. No special shipping, just the standard free one. I think that has got to be some kind of quick turnaround record for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
PostPosted: Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:45 am 
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I just got mine! :D

Its movement is good and it's fun to turn, but it sometimes bites your fingers. :evil: :lol:

I've solved it one time but that was quite lucky, I still need to come up with a method. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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APJ wrote:
...I've solved it one time but that was quite lucky, I still need to come up with a method. :D

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Yeah, but think about the Rubik's cube. Luck wouldn't help there much. With the Gear Cube, you could stick with luck as a method. :D Still, it is a very nice puzzle and it is quite relaxing to solve something easy, from time to time.
I've ordered the "Tony Fisher stickers" and a second Gear Cube. With that one, a real method is more likely to be necessary. Actually, I've started with such a method, because I emulated the Gear Cube moves on a 3x3x3.
So, I had to solve the originally unstickered edges under the "Gears". When the Gear Cube arrived, the Gears looked quite intimidating. It was completely trivial solving them and I was not bitten, so far. :lol:

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I got mine too, and I'm quite happy with it.
It turns flawlessly, and I have no idea what the fuss was about in Oskar's very first video, even if I try my fingers won't get stuck in there!
I agree it is not a very hard puzzle. I don't have real algorithms for it, only stuff like RRRRRRRR to twist four of the edges 1/3.


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I've ordered the "Tony Fisher stickers" and a second Gear Cube. With that one, a real method is more likely to be necessary. Actually, I've started with such a method, because I emulated the Gear Cube moves on a 3x3x3.


I am considering buying them too, but have only one gear cube, so please let me know how the stickers are so I can evaluate if they are worth it. You're getting them for Dr Sticker, right?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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Sjoerd wrote:
I have no idea what the fuss was about in Oskar's very first video, even if I try my fingers won't get stuck in there!?


The gears have been rounded a lot more than in the caution cube, and I've managed to catch a finger a few times... small fingers I guess


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I have now managed to come up with a solution to the gear cube. It's fairly simple but it's not obvious at first look (at least my method). :D

btw, I have caught my fingers caught a couple of times. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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Sjoerd wrote:
I am considering buying them too, but have only one gear cube, so please let me know how the stickers are so I can evaluate if they are worth it. You're getting them for Dr Sticker, right?
Right! Experience tells that it'll take some time for them crossing the Atlantic.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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Disjunto wrote:
Sjoerd wrote:
I have no idea what the fuss was about in Oskar's very first video, even if I try my fingers won't get stuck in there!?


The gears have been rounded a lot more than in the caution cube, and I've managed to catch a finger a few times... small fingers I guess

As Rox said, the first prototype from meffert's wasn't rounded, and she got cut even! What rox does so we don't have to!

We <3 you, rox!

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Here's a good sign to possibly put on one of the stickers, though it may be too small. We have this in the machine shop at the lab where I work, and I can never decide whether to laugh or grimace every time I see it:

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I got my cube about 2 weeks after I ordered it. That has got to be a record from Meffert's to Colorado.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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I've got a problem with my Gear Cube: the orange centre piece keeps falling out. :? I can pop it back in, but it falls back out later. Is it okay to superglue it on if I avoid the screw?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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APJ wrote:
I've got a problem with my Gear Cube: the orange centre piece keeps falling out. :? I can pop it back in, but it falls back out later. Is it okay to superglue it on if I avoid the screw?

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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APJ wrote:
I've got a problem with my Gear Cube: the orange centre piece keeps falling out. :? I can pop it back in, but it falls back out later. Is it okay to superglue it on if I avoid the screw?

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Alex


It's been said countless times that you can solve the issue of loose center caps with a small piece of paper torn in an approximate shape then placed between the screw housing and the cap, then tidied up (a bit more difficult to tidy up on the Gear Cube but nonetheless doable). That way you can still take it out but it won't mess with the screw.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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quicksolver wrote:
APJ wrote:
I've got a problem with my Gear Cube: the orange centre piece keeps falling out. :? I can pop it back in, but it falls back out later. Is it okay to superglue it on if I avoid the screw?

Thanks,

Alex


It's been said countless times that you can solve the issue of loose center caps with a small piece of paper torn in an approximate shape then placed between the screw housing and the cap, then tidied up (a bit more difficult to tidy up on the Gear Cube but nonetheless doable). That way you can still take it out but it won't mess with the screw.

I know, I've read that countless times. My question was whether superglue is okay to use on the cube.

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In that case, I wouldn't advise it but if you decide to, place a buffer device like a small piece of tape over top of the screw before doing so to prevent accidental screw gluing.

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Well from Hong Kong to New York my gear cube took 15 days to arrive and I think its great. I got a white one and just might have to go order a black one too. One for show and one to display. My thanks goes to Oskar and Meffert for bringing us a really cool cube.


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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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APJ wrote:
I've got a problem with my Gear Cube: the orange centre piece keeps falling out. :? I can pop it back in, but it falls back out later. Is it okay to superglue it on if I avoid the screw?

Thanks,

Alex

I have put some glue onto the orange (and yellow - that feel off today in school) centre pieces. I will leave them tonight and post here tomorrow whether this was effective.

Here's what I did:

The centre pieces for the Gear Cube are a bit unusual - they fit inside the gap in the part attached to the core (this actually makes it easier to apply glue). I cut open an empty toilet roll tube and folded it flat (only the best materials should be used :lol:) and put some glue on (the glue I used was Loctite precision which is fairly low viscosity and it kinda absorbed into the card :roll:, so this didn't work too well.) so didn't have to use the tube. I used a pin to get tiny amounts of superglue and just put a little glue on the outside of the lower part of the centre piece (be careful not to glue it to your fingers :lol:). Because the glue soaked into the card, the amount on each of the sides of the piece decreased, but you don't need a lot. I then put the pieces back in and am now letting it dry. :D

*That was quite a long post for a very simple task :?*

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Basically, pour out some superglue and use a pin to put it on the center piece, then stick the cap back on.

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 Post subject: Re: Gear Cube available at Mefferts
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theVDude wrote:
Basically, pour out some superglue and use a pin to put it on the center piece, then stick the cap back on.

Yes. :roll:

Anyway, regardless of the length of the post, it worked well - the pieces didn't fall off even as the puzzle went around my English class. :D

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