About this puzzle
The SuperX was first made by Adam Cowan in December 2006. However, the puzzle was very squishy and the pieces would get out of alignment often. He later tried to improve upon his design by using ball bearings and while this helped a little, the puzzle was also not stable. Later, Andrew Cormier designed a more stable variant with a mechanism that was more like a V-Cube. This puzzle also was squishy, and he later designed a version with magnets to help keep the pieces aligned. Various copies with/without magnets have later been hand built by various builders. Finally, I have designed a version that does not use magnets but uses a clicking mechanism, like that found on a V-Cube 6 to keep the pieces aligned. While the puzzle does not turn as well as Andrew's copy, it saves on the cost and effort of gluing in magnets (magnets don't really adhere well to superglue so they frequently fall out of the puzzle). All previous SuperX's have been built by layering a Dino Cube on to a 2x2x2. My version is the first to use a fundamentally different mechanism. It uses the same mechanism as my Dino 3x3x3, which means the pieces are not just supported from the corners but also from the (internal) edges.
The puzzle turns quite well and is completely stable, but obviously there is the clicking which is slightly more pronounced than on a VCube 6. The pieces have a tiny amount of wiggle room, but the clicking mechanism keeps them in place really well.Buying information
Ordering this model will get you a DIY kit with all the plastic pieces necessary to build a SuperX, which you will need to assemble yourself. It does not come with the necessary stickers or screws as Shapeways cannot supply. You can purchase stickers from www.dr-sticker.com
. The screws can be had from any hardware store, you need M3 screws, about 10-15mm long.
A warning beforehand: this is one of the most tricky to assemble puzzles I've designed. It will also need a good amount of lubrication and breaking in before it will turn as good as the one in my video. I have also increased the fillet radius to prevent locking up, this results in slightly larger gaps near the center than pictured.
If you do not feel like assembling your puzzle yourself, you can also order a fully finished copy from me for a price that is slightly higher than Shapeways', but you miss out on all the fun of assembling your own puzzle! For this service, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org