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 Post subject: Morphminx
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:31 am 
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Hey guys,
Today I'd like to present my new twisty puzzle, the Morphminx. It is a Megaminx transformation with many interesting geometrical properties.
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This puzzle can be made by rotating the cuts of a Megaminx 90 degrees around an edge. This creates a cut pattern that repeats on each face. In fact, this is the only other orientation of cuts on a dodecahedron where every face has an identical cut pattern (I think).
The puzzle can also be made by rotating the cuts around a corner by approx. 44.47751219 degrees (This is the same angle at which a face-turning icosahedron jumbles). Pretty cool, huh?
The way that the pieces get placed on the puzzle creates many interesting geometric relationships. For example, 6 of the edge pieces correspond to the faces of a cube, and 8 of the corner pieces correspond to the corners of a cube. There are left handed and right handed versions of these corners, and each type corresponds to the faces of an individual tetrahedron. So you can think of this puzzle having multiple geometries in one.
I designed this puzzle in SolidWorks and had it 3D printed from Shapeways in WSF. I dyed it black with RIT dye, and stickered it with pre-cut stickers from Oliver. I put a lot of thought into the color scheme of this puzzle, so let me know what you think!
For Andreas: the size is 30mm to an edge.
Here are some turns:
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The puzzle turns pretty smoothly, but it is a little on the stiff side and is really hard to assemble. When I eventually offer it on Shapeways, I will need to fine tune the mechanism for an easier assembly process.
Here it is scrambled...
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It really amazes me how such a regular puzzle can shapeshift into an irregular one.
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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:46 am 
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Great work! I noticed there are strange black areas near the edges. What are those?

Perhaps you should do a series.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:53 am 
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Wow!
How cool is that?
Great puzzle! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:19 am 
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That looks awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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You should call this puzzle the Axis Minx, because it reminds me a lot of the Axis Cube. Also, this is amazing. How did you think of it?

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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I really like this, especially the way the pattern repeats on each side as you say.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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This is so nice! Well done.

BelcherBoy2000 wrote:
You should call this puzzle the Axis Minx, because it reminds me a lot of the Axis Cube. Also, this is amazing. How did you think of it?


You preceded me, I also thought to AxisMinx immediately, but Morphminx is not bad either.


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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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I must say that this is a really interesting puzzle. Will we be looking forward to a series of this puzzle in the future? Perhaps a Giga Morphminx?


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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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I see references to attachments, but no attachments in the post. Were they deleted?

The name AxisMinx has been used already. Without seeing the pictures I can tell if this is the same thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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Thanks guys! I have updated the first post with new pictures and video.
rubikcollector123 wrote:
Great work! I noticed there are strange black areas near the edges. What are those?

Those are areas that the sticker doesn't cover. There's nothing to see there :lol:
rubikcollector123 wrote:
Perhaps you should do a series.

I'm thinking about making a Starminx version, if it looks good. :wink:
BelcherBoy2000 wrote:
How did you think of it?

I was playing around with cut transformations. There are 3 basic types: rotation around faces, rotation around vertices, and rotation around edges. I applied each of these to many puzzles, and this one was the most unique, so I made it. :)
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Will we be looking forward to a series of this puzzle in the future? Perhaps a Giga Morphminx?

Unfortunately this would be unrealistic to make. The cut depth is very specific on this puzzle to prevent tiny faces on the sides, and a Gigamorphminx would require that to be broken. So in the end, it would be nearly impossible to sticker.
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I see references to attachments, but no attachments in the post. Were they deleted?

The name AxisMinx has been used already. Without seeing the pictures I can tell if this is the same thing.

Dave

Sorry Dave, I was in the process of editing the post. They are back up now.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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Similar, but distinct. Well done!

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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benpuzzles wrote:
I'm thinking about making a Starminx version, if it looks good. :wink:


I actually attempted this, but I gave up for reasons I still don't know. It may require curved cuts and there is a problem with really small sticker areas. Don't be discouraged though!

Pyraminx crystal, master pentultimate and pentultimate versions would look good too.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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Wow. Amazing.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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I like the symmetry on this one... that first picture has a nice triskelion-like pattern.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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bwross wrote:
I like the symmetry on this one... that first picture has a nice triskelion-like pattern.
You mean like this? :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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The video is being processed, still. Is that just me, I so want to watch the vid! :?

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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Kattenvriendin wrote:
The video is being processed, still. Is that just me, I so want to watch the vid! :?

Sorry about that, it's what happens when I don't pay attention :lol: The video should be ready by now.

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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*snort* Thanks! Nifty puzzle that is :D

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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I really like its symmetry.

For the Axisminx:
http://twistypuzzles.com/cgi-bin/puzzle.cgi?pkey=2161
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For Andreas: the size is 30mm to an edge
And the weight?


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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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Andreas Nortmann wrote:
benpuzzles wrote:
For Andreas: the size is 30mm to an edge
And the weight?

I don't have a scale unfortunately. I should probably get one...

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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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benpuzzles wrote:
I was playing around with cut transformations.

I was playing this game too, but you finished first. My congratulations! :D

I have an idea.
If your real name is Ben, let's call it Benjaminx. Some play of words.
Or maybe Benjaminx I - if you will continue your games and we will see another versions.


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 Post subject: Re: Morphminx
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luckyguynt wrote:
If your real name is Ben, let's call it Benjaminx. Some play of words.

Frankly, I think this is one excellent name for the puzzle! 8-) I would have taken it in no time!

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