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 Post subject: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:07 pm 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Twisty Tree is a fractal twisty puzzle, similar to Fractal Cube. It was noted at the Twisty Puzzles Forum that it is hard to see the fractal nature of Fractal Cube. At that time, I suggested to add some gaps between the pieces to highlight the fractal shape.

Here is the result. Twisty Tree is a fourth order fractal, one order higher than Fractal Cube. All leaves and branches can be interchanged. I included a stem and a fractal conical root for my amusement. When the root pieces are mixed with the branches and leaves, the tree shape is hardly recognizable anymore. The puzzle works reasonably well, but it is a bit floppy. It is hard to get the tolerances right with a structal as big as this. The puzzle is very hollow, with 0.7 mm thick walls.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:12 pm 
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Awesome!

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 1:35 pm 
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Amazing!

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:37 pm 
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Treemendous.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:01 pm 
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Wow, puzzles really do grow on trees.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 3:54 pm 
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Oskar, you broke the universe again. I'll go get the duct tape...

It seems that Oskar has designed a class of puzzles with an interesting property: The axes of rotation are neither stationary nor are they even all intersecting. I can't think of any puzzles made by other people that display this ability. Is there a way to fit this into one of your classifications, Andreas?

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 4:29 pm 
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Wow it's amazing once again. So every piece of the same 'fractal order', if that's a valid term, can change places with one another?

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:27 pm 
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Awesome puzzle! Almost a little TOO wack? :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 8:48 pm 
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Must have.....!

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:35 pm 
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This is all that I can say:

wut? :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:40 pm 
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Is it stable O.o

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:42 pm 
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Sjoerd wrote:
every piece of the same 'fractal order', if that's a valid term, can change places with one another?
Correct. Therefore also root pieces can be swapped with the big branches of the same order.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:53 pm 
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pirsquared wrote:
Is there a way to fit this into one of your classifications, Andreas?

Good Luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:17 am 
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its incredible! never has a pieces been able to travel this long on the puzzle. The video is so nice! now make a robot guy puzzle! with his whole body like this!

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 10:26 am 
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I do love the fact that two adjacent "twigs" can somehow end up on completely opposite ends of the tree! Quite incredible, really.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
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This is so amazing and mind boggling that words can't even begin to describe my amazement... I'm speechless

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:49 pm 
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Thats fantastic I have been waiting for this one.

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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:12 am 
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I almost cried because of the sheer awesome emitting from this puzzle.... :lol: This is definitely, now, my favorite puzzle :D


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 Post subject: Re: Twisty Tree by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:47 am 
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I didn't quite kneel down to this puzzle's awesomeness yet until I saw the video. :shock: :D

This puzzle is so amazing!! I like the sound the root of the tree makes :lol:

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