Superstrings

  • White

    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

    $39.37

Update: Jury 1st Prize winner at the 2011 International Puzzle Design competition

Two open-ended Superstrings with the correct spin can be merged into a super-symmetrical cube.

The idea for this puzzle emerged when I was designing shapes based on two interlocked tetrahedra.  Inspired by ideas from 'string theory' and 'super-symmetry', I began to search for shapes that were both symmetrical and as similar as possible.

Taking the two pieces apart is not too difficult; reassembling them back into a cube can be more challenging. Hold one of the pieces still; move the other piece through the correct sequence of lateral and rotational moves.


Two colour dyed version in a perspex display case available from Etsy.



Reviews of Superstrings by puzzle enthusiasts from around the world.


"Another great little pocket puzzle from Richard Gain" - Allard Walker - Puzzling Times


"I can't really think of any downsides with this one, it was an elegantly designed puzzle that was fun to solve. Well done, Richard!" - Brian Pletcher - Mechanical Puzzles


"An attractive tactile puzzle with a decent challenge but not too awful - a really good addition to my display." - Kevin Sadler - Puzzlemad


"This is a really tough puzzle, and I can see why it won favor with the judges at IPP. Much easier to take apart than it is to put together, Richard can be rightly proud of this one." - Neil Hutchison - Puzzling Parts

Dimensions

IN: 3.835 w x 3.835 d x 3.835 h
CM: 9.742 w x 4.378 d x 4.378 h

Comments

 
Here are some reviews of Superstrings by puzzle enthusiasts from around the world. Allard Walker - "Another great little pocket puzzle from Richard Gain" http://allardspuzzlingtimes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/richard-gains-superstrings.html Brian Pletcher - "I can't really think of any downsides with this one, it was an elegantly designed puzzle that was fun to solve. Well done, Richard!" http://mechanical-puzzles.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/berlin-awards-banquet-part-2.html Kevin Sadler - "An attractive tactile puzzle with a decent challenge but not too awful - a really good addition to my display." http://www.puzzlemad.co.uk/2011/10/superstrings-from-microcubology.html Neil Hutchison - "This is a really tough puzzle, and I can see why it won favor with the judges at IPP. Much easier to take apart than it is to put together, Richard can be rightly proud of this one." http://puzzling-parts.thejuggler.net/?p=911
May 15, 2012, 6:36 am
Thanks George. According to my own analysis, I believe it ought to be possible to disassemble this puzzle, even with a perfectly rigid material and no rounding of corners. My metal copy is tight, but it works. Richard
August 10, 2011, 3:21 pm
Congrats on your IPP win!! Do you know if the puzzle can be taken apart if the pieces are rigid? I took it apart during the puzzle competition but I wasn't sure if I needed the pieces to bend slightly. I suppose some (more) rounding of edges might be necessary? Nice design!
August 10, 2011, 3:05 pm
I would like to see this cool puzzle mass-produced by Hanayama! Congrats for winning the first prize!
August 9, 2011, 10:11 am