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 Post subject: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:27 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Cube Twister are eight Rubik's Cubes connected by rods. However, as the eight corners of each cube are solidly connected, each row or column of cubes tumbles are a whole. The motion of this puzzle was first suggested by Nouri Khalifa around 2009. Nouri's prototype was based on eight cubes with holes, and a stick to turn pairs of cubes. In 2010, Sigurd suggested a similar type of motion in a post at the Twisty Puzzles Forum. It was Mike Armbrust who first proposed a proper Rubik's style mechanism for this concept.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:10 am 
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thats really cool! how long is the edge length on a sinlg cube? It looks kinda small.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:23 am 
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Nice, it reminds me of my molecube, but with opposite layers of each cube coupled. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:54 am 
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cubedude76 wrote:
how long is the edge length on a single cube?
Each of the eight sub-cubes is 10x10x10 cm.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:22 am 
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That was quick! How hard would it be to solve?

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:15 pm 
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Very cool! It seems to be a distant cousin of Cmetrick.


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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
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Jorbs3210 wrote:
That was quick! How hard would it be to solve?

I don't think it would be extremely difficult, since it appears to be slice-only.

But the co-ordinated motion would be really annoying to deal with (but I buy puzzles to be annoyed, so that's a plus!) :D

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 1:25 pm 
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One of my favorite puzzles from you! It just looks awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:14 pm 
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Oskar wrote:
In 2010, Sigurd suggested a similar type of motion in a post at the Twisty Puzzles Forum. It was Mike Armbrust who first proposed a proper Rubik's style mechanism for this concept.

I think you want your first link pointing here:

http://www.twistypuzzles.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=18912

Its there in the code but as you have it you end up on Shapeways. I can't tell if the second link is correct or not. I don't seen any mention of Mike Armbrust and I can't tell if that mech is applicable to this puzzle or not.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:04 pm 
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@Carl I'm Mike Armbrust so that link works just fine.

I'm glad to made this Oskar. My first reaction when I saw this on Shapeways was "o no, I wanted to make a cubic version too" but then I remembered you actually have the funds to print your puzzles :lol: It's a shame illegal moves can be made but they are very easy to avoid. If you grab the connecting rod and rotate does it work?

Great job bringing this to life!

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:33 pm 
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Very cool and surprisingly affordable! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
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very VERY nice! It looks to function very well! :)
If one ignore the edges of each cubie, then this resembles my idea completely.

Oskar, could you make another with no edges, but with a groove inbetween the "2x2x2 cubies" (to make room for the connecting bits) instead?

Does this puzzle use the concept you proposed in my topic? (Gears that dont interfeer with the two other dimensions).

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:41 am 
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Why doesn't shapeways allow Black?
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Jorbs3210 wrote:
That was quick! How hard would it be to solve?

I don't think it would be extremely difficult, since it appears to be slice-only.

But the co-ordinated motion would be really annoying to deal with
Solving the "Cube Twister" has indeed one similarity to the Molecube: After solving the first of the eight cubes it will not get totally scrambled again. For solving the adjacent cube one has to make sure the orientation of the bridged face-face-piece is kept as it is => A visible orientation to the face pieces is added.


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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:25 pm 
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Is this related to the early prototype "Bram's Fortess" (a geared matrix of 8 3-faced cubes, in which each set of four outer faces rotates in tandem - a concept render appeared on Shapeways a while back), except the slices turn instead of the outer layers? It also seems that only two cubes rotate at a time instead of four.

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:40 am 
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Oskar wrote:
cubedude76 wrote:
how long is the edge length on a single cube?
Each of the eight sub-cubes is 10x10x10 cm.


You mean 10x10x10mm right ? Laking each 3c3 30mm ?

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 Post subject: Re: Cube Twister by OSKAR
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:33 am 
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RubixFreakGreg wrote:
You mean 10x10x10mm right?
Indeed. The cubies are 10x10x10 mm and each of the eight sub-cubes is 30x30x30 mm.

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