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 Post subject: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 12:51 pm 
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Hello Puzzlers,

This puzzle was developed and prototyped in 2001, so technically it's not new, but it has not been shown previously. It is a nine-sided solid, with three rhombic sides, and six "kite-shaped" sides. It has six axes of rotation, three of which can turn in 90 degree increments, and three in 180 degree increments. Hopefully the pictures do a good enough job of communicating the shape and the types of turns the puzzle can make.

The puzzle was printed on a Stratasys FDM machine, so the finish is a little rough, but it turns well enough to use. the stickers are hand-cut vinyl. I decided to call it "Ice-9", (with apologies to Kurt Vonnegut) since it has nine sides.

I hope you like it!

Dave

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Prototyped in 2001 !!! :shock: WOW and as amazing as the new ones coming out!!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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This is really cool. The photos do give a good idea of the puzzle, but a video would be nice too! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Wow, that looks really interesting. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Great idea!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Timur wrote:
Great idea!

I couldn't agree more!!! Only question.... WHY have you sat on this since 2001?

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Its incredible that this was made so long ago. Fantastic job!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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This looks fantastic! It reminds me of the constellation six...

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Great puzzle! Have you designed anything since then?

APJ wrote:
a video would be nice too!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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I guess 2001 is a typo for 2010 :roll:


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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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David Pitcher wrote:
This puzzle was developed and prototyped in 2001, so technically it's not new


Nope, not a typo :P
Is that corner mech the same one as the Comboctahedron? I can't see another wya! O.o

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Amazing work!
Do you have any another printing cube?
We want see a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Very cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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very interesting and seems not easy to solve

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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If you've spent 10 years working on this, it was well worth it. Absolutely perfect.

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle
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Is this a whole new mechanism!? :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for the feedback! I've added a video so that you can see the puzzle in motion.

The mechanism is unique and designed from scratch, although it is relatively simple. However, the puzzle is not easy to solve.

As to the ten year wait to show it, that has to do with inventor's paranoia about losing intellectual property. But I've concluded that the twisty puzzle community is a very rare place where there is a great deal of respect for creator's rights. And I've realized that I'm not likely to start a puzzle company of my own, so why not let my creations see the light of day? I'll be posting a few more things over the next few weeks and months.

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
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I would like to see this puzzle be changed in shape to a triagonal prism.

anyway, it looks great! What an odd shape :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
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There's one for Shapeways!

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Very nice! I hope to we see some more puzzles from you in the future!

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
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Agreed. And also agreed with the Shapeways idea. You already have the files for this, and I can't imagine this puzzle being too expensive to print. Food for thought. :wink:

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It's really turn smooth!
Really awesome idea and quality.

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 Post subject: Re: Ice-9 Puzzle, video added
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Mass-produce it if you can, is a very nice puzzle to mass-produce!! ;)

I loved it, I want to see mods from this!

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One of the first ever 3d printed puzzles!

Amazing! I saw this a week ago and for some reason didn't post. This puzzle was *definitely* ahead of its time. :D

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