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 Post subject: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:20 pm 
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Hello forum.

I just finished my master mental block. It is the first master mental block every built.

However, it is not yet done. I need to fill gaps, sand pieces, spray paint, and order and apply stickers.

But it is fully functional, so I am claiming to be the first! (Words cannot describe how happy I am about this!)

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The puzzle is made from a Lan Lan Master Skewb, extended with pieces cast from Smoothcast 300 in OOMOO 30 molds.

The masters were FDM printed on my high schools $25,000 dimension printer, which hasn't been used for 2 years (I was the first print ever on it :lol: )

Thanks to Mr. McCalister for printing the pieces.

Turning is very nice, and the puzzle has a very heavy weight. The pieces still need to be sanded a bit though.

This is quite literally my dream puzzle. The first thing I thought when the Master skewb was mass produced was, "OMG I need to make a master mental block from this ASAP!"

So this is my first ever casted puzzle. It turned out very nicely, but again I am not done. BUT I am first :D :D :D

Thank you Tony Fisher for being my idol and inspiration in puzzles.

Tony, I suspect that you are currently making a master mental block right now, but you are probably doing it the REAL way by sculpting masters from acrylic. However I suck at sculpting and plastic sheet so 3D printing worked out quite nicely for me.

I also think that Greq is printing masters for a master mental to make is own, but this is all speculation.

Video soon, more details and better pictures and finished puzzle also soon.

Thanks for watching,
Adam Brown

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:22 pm 
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I KNEW IT! Very nice job! EXCELLENT EXECUTION! Best puzzle so far this year! :D

I feel your pain on the amount of time and effort this took!

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:28 pm 
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looking sweet man, I cant wait to see it finished. I know how great it feels to have you first puzzle completed!

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:32 pm 
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Very, very cool. So many people are abandoning casting these days, and it's nice to see someone go back and do it. :)

I can't wait to see it finished! It's exciting to see that people are going through all the time and effort of modding these MP Master Skewbs! :D

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6x6 4:26.05 (6:34.68)
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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:52 pm 
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this is sick You must make me one JK


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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:05 pm 
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This is really cool. I could never really visualized what this would look like.

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:54 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:58 pm 
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Congratulations!

I suppose you can TECHNICALLY claim you are the first to make one, but that doesn't mean people have been playing with one for years already :wink: Take a look at this thread where I gave a few screenshots of my custom made Twisty Puzzle Simulator. The last picture is a scrambled Master Mental Block 8-)

Also, although I can't remember who at the moment, someone made a rectangular prism out of a face-turning octahedron angled at 45 degrees about a year ago. Although it wasn't a Master Mental Block it was dangerously close to one :lol:

Although, it would seem that you officially get to claim to own the first physical Master Mental Block :lol:

Nicely done :)

Peace,
Matt Galla

PS Come to think of it, I really should pick that project back up.... I bet alot of people would really enjoy it....


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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:03 am 
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Wow! Very nice puzzle
Cant wait to see it finished and stickered.

Keep it up!

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:24 am 
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Well done Adam Brown! :D Wish you success in your creation!


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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:27 am 
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This is actually an extension of my Octex. It's like taking a Fisher Cube and extending out 4 sides.

Keep working on it. for many of those pieces, you could have done a 1-part mold. The way to do it is instead of putting the pieces in clay, you glue the flattest face of the piece to a piece of rigid plastic or glass, and that becomes the base of your mold box. You build the box around it, and then pour the silicone around the pieces. Then to cast, you pour the plastic into the mold, and slightly over-flow. Then use the same rigid plastic or glass to cover the holes, squeeze out the excess, and wait for it to harden.

This will make much cleaner pieces than 2-part molds, and I recommend you use it any time you can!

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:10 am 
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Thank you everybody for the kind words.

pirsquared wrote:
This is actually an extension of my Octex. It's like taking a Fisher Cube and extending out 4 sides.



Yes, you are correct. Your Octex reminded me of a master container when I first saw it (even though that is not what it is)

But the huge difference in these 2 puzzles is that from the top, the Master mental looks like a 5x5 and the Octex looks like a 3x3

And thank you for the advice on the 1 part mold, I didn't realize that I could have don that (doh!)

Allagem wrote:
Congratulations!

I suppose you can TECHNICALLY claim you are the first to make one, but that doesn't mean people have been playing with one for years already :wink: Take a look at this thread where I gave a few screenshots of my custom made Twisty Puzzle Simulator. The last picture is a scrambled Master Mental Block 8-)


The first PHYSICAL master mental that is :wink:

Adam

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 Post subject: Re: MASTER MENTAL BLOCK BUILD- NOT YET FINISHED
PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:56 pm 
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Great puzzle and idea. I know there has been talk about Master Mental Blocks but I never thought of doing one like that. Well done.

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