Another puzzle of mine I'd like to share with you; The Arch Cubes.VIDEO
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I had the idea for this puzzle in early December 2011. I cannot remember my exact thoughts at the time, however I had previously toyed with the idea of joining two puzzles together in a non-functional manner and then making them functional; stacking two cubes in a 3x6 formation always came to mind.
I had originally planned for there to be four arches per cube and for the two cubes to twist around the center, however while making the prototype I revised the design. I decided to only have two arches per cube, as I felt that arches on the upper faces would look ugly and make the puzzle look incomplete. The central twisting function was implemented, however I felt that the puzzle became quite weak and flimsy as a result, so I fixed the two faces together to strengthen the puzzle.
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It solves like a bandaged 3x3x3 (not sure if a bandage variation of this sort exists). To scramble the puzzle one arch has to remain in tact on each cube (I like to keep them on opposing sides).
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