Centrifugal Puzzle Box

by Maundy
  • White

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

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Centrifugal Puzzle Box - This is a unique one of a kind 3D printed puzzle box that can store anything with dimensions of less than 39x39x13mm that is opened/solved in an intriguing way, simply spinning the puzzle box on a flat surface will unlock the lid, however this is not that obvious:

On the lid of the box are six sliders of different shapes, these can slide along rails in the lid, there are also three spring loaded buttons that can be pressed and released, however don't be fooled, these sliders and buttons have absolutely no purpose at all in helping solve the puzzle and open the box, these sliders and buttons are simply a distraction to confuse the user.
There is one clue towards the solution of opening this puzzle box for the user, firstly, you may have notice the numbers around the top face of the lid, these are actually coded in the format of "A=1 B=2 C=3" and actually decode clockwise starting from the number after the small circle to read "give-me-a-rapid-spin-to-unlock-my-lid", this may seem hard to notice, and it is, however I have designed an optional additional clue towards finding this clue: This 3D printed keyring (sold separately) contains embedded within it, using a special wax that is trapped within the keyring during the 3D printing process, a QR code and the word 'CLUE' above it (just to make it that bit more obvious), if the user is stuck while solving the Centrifugal Puzzle Box they can choose to reveal this clue by using an IOS device with a camera (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch 4g) to read the QR code by using a barcode reader application (tested with an app called 'Scan') to reveal the text "A=1 B=2 C=3" on the device's display which should help the user decode the message on the puzzles lid helping them to solve the puzzle and open the lid.

The Mechanism -The mechanism used inside this puzzle box is a unique one and is best described in the video in the above slideshow, there are six 6mm ball bearings (not included) placed in the slots around the top face of the box, these ball bearings can move freely in their short channels, the lid has corresponding loops that lower into these channels when the lid is placed on. Once the lid is placed on and the box is given a shake, the ball bearings should all be at random points in their channels, some will be across these loops in the lid which will stop that loop from being pulled out thus stopping the lid being pulled off thus locking the puzzle. When the puzzle is spun, all the ball bearings travel to the outside of their channel so none are obscuring the loops in the lid meaning the lid can now be freely removed thus unlocking the puzzle.

Some excess powder from the 3D printing process may be left in the holes around the top face of the puzzle box that the pins in the lid go into preventing the lid from being placed on fully and preventing the puzzle box from locking, this powder can be removed easily by simply using a unfolded paperclip to scrape the powder out of the bottom of the holes and tapping the box upside down to remove the powder.
The distraction sliders may also need a bit of wriggling to get them to start sliding due to trapped powder from the 3D printing process.

Please note that six 6mm ball bearings are required for this puzzle to work, they can be purchased very cheaply on eBay.
The QR code 'Clue' is sold separately here.


IN: 3.639 w x 6.339 d x 1.063 h
CM: 9.244 w x 16.1 d x 2.7 h


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@sooweebee No they are not... Shapeways only deals with the 3D printed puzzle itself, if you read the description above, I do mention this twice: 'six 6mm ball bearings (not included)' and in bold 'Please note that six 6mm ball bearings are required for this puzzle to work, they can be purchased very cheaply on eBay'. Have a look at hardware stores e.t.c, they are fairly common and available. Sorry for the confusion
December 17, 2013, 8:12 am
I received my puzzle box, but was disappointed to realise the ball bearings were not included. I bought this for a Christmas gift, now I may not be able to have it functional in time. :-(
December 17, 2013, 5:17 am
@GL2814 Yere, I was hoping no one would notice that mistake in the video... Luckily there are no w, x, y or z's in the code so this didn't ruin the rest of the video, I've added a note to that part of the video now so not to confuse any more very observant people.
April 21, 2013, 3:16 pm
You messed up....w is the 23 letter not x
April 21, 2013, 2:38 pm
Very, very nice! Congratulations.
April 12, 2013, 6:24 pm


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