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 Post subject: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:59 am 
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This is my 4x5x6 cuboid. It was made at the request of Sigurd Wedel. It is the fourth cuboid of it's kind to be made (1x2x3, 2x3x4, 3x4x5 and now the 4x5x6).

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This puzzle is a complex beast with over 40 unique parts. Despite this, it rotates really well and is quite stable. I think it rotates even better than my 3x4x5 cuboid. Of course, this puzzle also shapeshifts and allows 90 degree turns on the 4x6 faces.
Solving this puzzle will be no easy task. Many geniuses have broken their heads over my 3x4x5 (Jaap could not even calculate the number of possible states correctly) and this one can only be worse.

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Buy at Shapeways starting at just $185
Buy your own fully functional 4x5x6 cuboid, starting at under just $185/€155 in WSF. BSF and WSFP are $205/€170. A truly amazing price for a complex and high-quality puzzle.
I am offering free stickers with every 4x5x6. Simply send me an email after buying with your address and I will ship you a complimentary set of stickers via regular mail.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:14 am 
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This has been a nice puzzle which I've seen spawn from concept to realisation. It looks fantastic, and I will certainly be buying this shortly (I bolded the 'certainly' to make sure I do buy it :D).

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:38 am 
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EXCELLENT!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 8:50 am 
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Now this is a real Big-Boys'-Toy :)
Fantastic puzzle Tom!
btw. you need a "VIDEO" link on the bottom of your post too ;)

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 9:02 am 
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TomZ wrote:
This puzzle is a complex beast with over 40 unique parts. Despite this, it rotates really well and is quite stable.
WOW!!! Does that thing turn smoothly! I don't see how it could turn any better. GREAT JOB!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
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Wow great work :shock: .

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Oh man, this looks amazing. I haven't purchased many cuboids, but when I do, this will be one of them. Excellent job, as always.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:10 pm 
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That looks absolutely great!
So this is this years DCD special?

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maarten wrote:
So this is this years DCD special?
Well, I haven't specifically planned anything for DCD but I have something up my sleeve that will blow this right away.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 2:28 pm 
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can't wait. See you in two weeks. :P

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... but I have something up my sleeve that will blow this right away.

Oh... And I think I know what it is. And if I'm right, I'd agree. And that is all you'll get out of me.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
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I love correctly proportioned cuboids.
I love 6 or more layers.
So...

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
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Tony Fisher wrote:
I love correctly proportioned cuboids.
I love 6 or more layers.
So...

Well if you think a V-cube 6 is correctly proportional, then you're right ;)

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
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Wonderful.


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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:03 am 
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Fantastic design and a beautiful puzzle. Can't wait to see what blows this one away!

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:46 am 
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Very good images.
Can you tell me the measurements and the weight?


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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 2:54 am 
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It weighs 125.47921 grams. The outer measurements are 56x66x83mm.

It is slightly out of proportion. It is perfectly possible to make a proportional 4x5x6 with this exact same mechanism, but making the puzzle slightly disproportional allows for a much thicker and more durable connection to the corner pieces. I had specifically not mentioned this in the original post because I wanted to see how many people would figure out on their own, and not many have. The disproportionality is very small, giving 12x11mm cubies on some faces. I've played a little with the margins giving slightly squarer stickers which do a very good job at hiding my little trick.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
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I love correctly proportioned cuboids.
I love 6 or more layers.
So...


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It is slightly out of proportion... ...12x11mm


Tony is MAAAAD :twisted: !

:lol:

Seriously though - fantastic puzzle Tom, and I am thouroughly enjoying the Curvy Copter experience too.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional)
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:23 am 
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As a big fan of TomZ puzzles and a fan of cuboids, I can only say that Christmas is not so far away. :)
But I'll wait what this will "blow away".

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:11 pm 
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I am happy to announce that the 4x5x6 is now available on Shapeways. For a puzzle of this size and complexity it is relatively inexpensive, just $185/€165 in WSF with free stickers.
I am of course, also offering assembled copies. But assembling this puzzle is a neat puzzle in itself which I can recommend to anyone. It truly is a geometrical exercise figuring out where each part goes.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
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Oh man! I cant wait too add this bad boy to my collection! Another dream became solid :)

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Brilliant puzzle. Cuboids are one of my favorite types of twisty puzzles and I know I'm not alone here...

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:09 pm 
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Tom, can you provide more details of the screws, washers and springs on the Shapeways page? What sort of screw heads have you used, etc


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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
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I managed to grab the puzzle for a few minutes at the Dutch Cube Day- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx4pCK8XDEg . This thing is amazing. Every move was so smooth. Pity I forgot to shapeshift it though.

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 Post subject: Re: 4x5x6 cuboid (fully functional) - on Shapeways from $185
PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:15 am 
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I finished assembling, lubing and stickering mine this evening. Very nice work as usual, Tom! Updated cuboid collection photos pending.


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