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 Post subject: New Rhombiminxs
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 12:02 am 
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I've just finished the first of the next generation Rhombiminxs. This is the kind I will be making for Bedard Puzzles:

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DLitwin cut the stickers, and the clean look of machined-cut stickers really adds a professional look to the puzzle IMO.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Looks a zillion times better than the old one IMO. Although - and maybe this is just me - the "red" side looks like it's got two colors in a checkered pattern.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Jared wrote:
and maybe this is just me - the "red" side looks like it's got two colors in a checkered pattern.

It looks like that to me too

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Yes, this definitely looks better than what I remember of the original. As far as the red side, it looks completely normal to me.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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I forgot to say that this looks a lot better than the first one

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Looks pretty normal to me too and I have the thing in person :?

Maybe I'm just not that sensitive to red? or did we screw up the stickers again...

Anyways I'll have some better pics up in a couple minutes once I upload them.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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This looks incredibly clean and professional, good job!

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:17 am 
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That looks so much better than the older version. Great work!
So this makes it version 3?


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Actually I would rather think of it as revision 3, because nothing has fundamentally changed with the puzzle or it's mech, just better precision.

More pics with better lighting:

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With my new "Sea Krait" Elemental:Neon built by DLitwin

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La sigh. I can see the red sticker problem now that I've seen it in better lighting. Bummer.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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That's amazing! I can't wait to have one! :)


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Yes, in the last picture of the first set and in the 3rd and 5th of this set, I can now see that the red is actually checkerboarded.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Wow, now that really looks excellent. Plastic sheet rather than casting this time?


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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by far best rhombiminx i have yet seen.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Great Job, when will these be on bedards?

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Thien wrote:
Great Job, when will these be on bedards?

[url]http://bedardpuzzles.com/index.php?puzzles/23
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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Wow, it looks even better with stickers!
Amazing, I love it.

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Wow, now that really looks excellent. Plastic sheet rather than casting this time?


Sorry to speak for you Garrett, but no, he did use casting this time.

Thien wrote:
Great Job, when will these be on bedards?


The offer is already closed, he is only making 5.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Yea, I used molding/casting. I had a new master 3D printed this time rather than hand building the master. The stickers are machine cut too, so that adds extra polish to the design.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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This looks amazing! Can I ask, are the extensions hollow? Or are they solid like revision #2?

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Semi hollow. It uses a stair-step structure:

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Fantastic work continually improving an already awesome design!


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Theres a couple of changes "under the hood" as well with how I made the core. Nothing too different though.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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They look great! Nice job. :) Wish I could afford one.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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professorcube5x5 wrote:
Theres a couple of changes "under the hood" as well with how I made the core. Nothing too different though.

You changed the mech too? wow. I thought this was based on the ES 4x4.


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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It still is based on an ES 4x4. I just truncated the core differently. The last two I made (IIRC) had the layers fully rounded, these are just truncated until they don't impede movement. A small change with no positive or negative effect on the final puzzle, but it makes it 10x easier to build the core.

Still requires 24 casts to make (only 6 less than a gigaminx per part)...must make new molds :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Sigh. The red is my fault. When I cut the original set of stickers I designed the file with mirror shapes, but then when I went to cut in a batch just took one half and copied it 20 times. I re-cut the mirrored shapes, but it seems the red wasn't from exactly the same set of vinyl. The TechShop stock must have changed, so they are slightly different.

OK, round three: I will send another set of reds to match the mirrored reds (I still have some vinyl from that cutting session). I won't let such a nice puzzle have such a flaw.

Dave :)

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Third time's a charm :wink: .

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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looks awsome, are you gonna make black one? some puzzles look goo din white, some look good in black. this looks awsome i n both!

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Yes, there will be black ones made. I need to get more black resin first though.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Are you going to be making a video of this?

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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I plan to, yes.

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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New video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2aDT9ZeKqQ

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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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this is beautiful


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 Post subject: Re: New Rhombiminxs
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Just watched the video. That thing really looks good. It's so tight compared to your earlier versions, and turns really nicely.
Great job.


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