Geared Mixup

by Oskar_van_Deventer
Geared Mixup 3d printed Art Gift Guide Malthese Gears
Malthese Gears
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    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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Geared Mixup is a twisty-puzzle design requested by many people. When playing the original Gear Cube (Caution Cube), players can only make half turns because of the gears. Many people tried quarter turns in vain. Now it is possible, by combining the Gear Cube and Mixup Cube concepts. Geared Mixup has eight geared corners that drive twenty small 4-teeth gears.

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Read at the Shapeways Forum
Read more at the Twisty Puzzles Forum

Please contact Oskar directly if you are interested in obtaining a fully colored, stickered and assembled sample of this puzzle.


IN: 5.609 w x 4.921 d x 1.674 h
CM: 14.246 w x 12.5 d x 4.252 h


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Addendum (apparently Shapeways doesn't support editing comments): Apparently I am actually THE FIRST person to buy one of these; the imperfections in sticker application on the Geared Mixup I am currently holding exactly match the imperfections in the posted photos. Thus I am forced to conclude that Oskar has in fact sold me his prototype! I am greatly honored to be the first person to own one of these unique puzzles. The funny thing is I didn't even buy it for myself, it's a gift! But I can't stop playing with it...
November 16, 2010, 11:46 pm
I was one of the first people to buy one of these. It just arrived today, and I must say it is quite an interesting puzzle! The effect of watching and feeling all the little gears turning is mesmerizing, and leaves the colors in some very unexpected places! It's worth noting that this puzzle is essentially based on a 2x2x2 Rubik's cube. The middle layers of gears cannot be turned independently. However because of the additional constraints created by the middle layers of colors, it is much harder than a 2x2x2, and even somewhat harder than a 3x3x3! This is caused by the fact that in a normal cube, rotating a face by 360 degrees is a no-operation, but in this cube you actually need to rotate a face all the way around TWICE (720 degrees) to get back to your initial state. This means that there are always 21 different moves you can make on this cube (rotating the front, right, or top face clockwise by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 quarter-turns), as opposed to only 18 on a standard 3x3x3 cube (rotating any of the 6 faces by 1, 2, or 3 quarter-turns). And the gears mean those moves (especially the odd numbers of quarter-turns) interact on the middle layers in extremely strange ways. Another incredible puzzle from Oskar, and we all hope he keeps it up!
November 16, 2010, 1:32 am
Watch the YouTube video Read at the Shapeways Forum Read more at the Twisty Puzzles Forum
November 6, 2010, 12:01 pm
Omg this is amazing., you have to prototype it!
October 2, 2010, 6:48 pm
Wow! Amazing Oscar
August 30, 2010, 6:31 pm


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