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Metal puzzle cube [message #6991] Fri, 02 October 2009 07:28 UTC Go to previous message
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I finally decided to take chance and try printing a puzzle cube in stainless steel. I chose the Seldom Seen Cube because it is one of the simpler ones and therefore offered more room for error. I decided not to modify the standard model but just send it straight to print as is.

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As you can see from the picture, the print came out really well with a lovely textured surface and a good weighty feel in the hand. The pieces almost fitted first time and with a little gentle filing down of one surface it was complete. As a puzzle, it's not perfect; the first two pieces fit a little too tightly and the final piece is a little bit too loose. I would be a little more hesitant to try printing one of my more complex designs in metal, especially as the interlocking, sliding movements require quite precise tolerances.

However, as a piece of art I am really pleased with it and will proudly be showing it off to my puzzle friends. I never cease to be amazed at just how incredible this technology is, and what a fantastic job Shapeways does, bringing it to us in such an affordable and easy-to-use way.

Rich Gain @ microcubology

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