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 Post subject: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:11 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Carry-a-Cube is a bandaged 4x4x4 cube. Bandaging is an effective way to make a twisty puzzle (much) more difficult. A classic example of a bandaged puzzle is Mefferts' Bicube. However, whereas conventional bandaging connects adjacent pieces, this puzzle has pieces at different sides of a square connected by big pipes. This style of bandaging has been applied before by Jimmy Stephens and me in the ConSlide puzzles, a set of sliding piece puzzles. Given the similarities between sliding-piece and twisty puzzles, it is sort-of obvious to apply this concept to a 4x4x4.

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:43 am 
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Wait- you 3-d printed the whole 4x4x4? Wouldn't it have been easier to take an existing one and attach the pipes?

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 11:55 am 
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Reminds me of some of Carl's first posts trying to explain the Crazy 4x4.
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Rentlix wrote:
Wait- you 3-d printed the whole 4x4x4? Wouldn't it have been easier to take an existing one and attach the pipes?
That does seem like a more economical solution.

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 6:29 pm 
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GuiltyBystander wrote:
Reminds me of some of Carl's first posts trying to explain the Crazy 4x4.

That was back before I understood the Crazy4x4x4's as well as I do now and I was being far more complex then necessary... but yes I see why that image would come to mind here. LOL!!!
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Rentlix wrote:
Wait- you 3-d printed the whole 4x4x4? Wouldn't it have been easier to take an existing one and attach the pipes?
That does seem like a more economical solution.

After seeing the first post I was about to suggest why not just print the two pairs which are joined by the pipes and have them replace the pieces on an existing 4x4x4. No need to attach the pipes that way and should still be far more economical then printing a whole 4x4x4. But both of you more or less beat me to the punch.

If you want to attach the pipes then you probably don't even need to have the pipes printed. You could probably get something close to what you'd want using these.

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 6:40 pm 
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I think you could just use bendy straws :lol:
All joking aside i like this puzzle and i think it’s great seeing something different then what you usually make. This is clearly a much simple puzzle then some but sometimes simpleness is the best route.


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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2011 10:14 pm 
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eye2eye wrote:
I think you could just use bendy straws :lol:
All joking aside i like this puzzle and i think it’s great seeing something different then what you usually make. This is clearly a much simple puzzle then some but sometimes simpleness is the best route.

And sometimes simple is harder than complex. This thing must be a million times harder to solve than the Circle Cube, which is more complex.

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 2:25 am 
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Very interesting puzzle. I agree with others that another version should be made without having to print a whole 4x4x4. Apart from that, very nice! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 3:11 am 
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Luke wrote:
another version should be made without having to print a whole 4x4x4.
Please go ahead! And while you're at it, make a carry-a-3x3x3 too!

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 3:18 am 
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Hmm, another interesting variation of this puzzle could use a 4x4 with holes in the faces of each part, and telescoping "handles" so that any piece on the puzzle can be connected with another. Not sure if that makes any sense but I would be happy to give it a try in solidworks if anyone's interested.

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 3:51 am 
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Oskar wrote:
...make a carry-a-3x3x3 too!
That's the Handlebar Cube: http://www.twistypuzzles.com/forum/view ... 15&t=13096

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 5:02 am 
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TomZ wrote:
Oskar wrote:
...make a carry-a-3x3x3 too!
That's the Handlebar Cube: http://www.twistypuzzles.com/forum/view ... 15&t=13096

I knew I had seen something like this before, but couldn't find it.

Actually I'm not so impressed with this carry-a-4x4, but that's only because I'm used to witnessing nothing but miracles of engineering and ingenuity from Oskar. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Carry-a-Cube by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 10:00 am 
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Oskar wrote:
Luke wrote:
another version should be made without having to print a whole 4x4x4.
Please go ahead! And while you're at it, make a carry-a-3x3x3 too!

Oskar



You mean like this?
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