Seriously tough puzzles
Wooden puzzles are beautiful to look at but can be large and heavy. Puzzles are meant to be played with and shared. These 3D printed puzzles in tough nylon or solid stainless steel are great to play with and easy to carry around in a pocket. The puzzles range in difficulty from quite easy to fiendishly difficult and, unless stated, are all my own design. Puzzles work best in White, Strong and Flexible material.
If you would prefer coloured puzzles then you have three choices:
- Order in one of Shapeways standard seasonal colours
- Order white ones and dye them yourself
- Order directly from me through my Etsy shop.
Please note that Shapeways only print the pieces. You will need to work out how to fit the puzzle together. YouTube videos are available for many puzzles to help you with this.
Convolution is a seven piece serially interlocking puzzle designed by Stewart Coffin, probably the greatest ever puzzle designer. Stewart has generously placed his designs in the public domain, so I am delighted to present my own interpretation of this lovely puzzle. I made my first copy out of wood over 25 years ago and it is still one I go back to periodically. One of the moves includes a rotation and every move locks the next piece into the previous one. The pieces of the puzzle are composed of juxtaposed hollow cubelets using a new design. This gives the whole puzzle a lightness and slight flexibility. It also means that the pieces fit snugly together. The whole puzzle is 4 x 4 x 4 cm in size and relatively inexpensive for a printed puzzle of this size.
I am delighted to be able to present one of the most original interlocking cube puzzles to be designed for many years. Once again, Tom Jolly has kindly given his permission for for this design to be made available through the microcubology shop.
The solution is described as requiring 20 moves (1-2-3-12-2). However, the most unusual feature of this puzzle is the sequence of seven rotations required in the middle of the solution.
This budget version of the cube has a width of 2.0 cm and although it is a little smaller, it still has a reasonable weight and good strength.
The puzzle design can be viewed at http://bit.ly/cvsxev , and although it can be constructed from a set of LiveCubes, the rotations involved can make the pieces break apart rather easily. This version in White Strong and Flexible plastic is virtually unbreakable.
You can read more about this puzzle in Brian's (excellent) Damn Puzzle Blog at http://mechanical-puzzles.blogspot.com/2010/06/twist-night-away.html
The Seldom Seen Cube made from Complex Cubelets. Each unit cube is composed of two interlocked parts - the rings on the six faces are joined into a cage that surrounds the central pins which are connected to the cube's corners. Adjacent cubes fuse together at their faces, corners and central pins but the two halves remain completely separate.
This is Quinsequential Gamma (3 cm) the third version of the Quinsequential design. Quinsequential Alpha required 9 separate moves before the first piece came free. Quinsequential Beta improved that to 11 moves, and now Quinsequential Gamma is ready for public viewing with a respectable 13 moves for first removal.
As far as I know, this is a record for a 5x5x5 cube, so I am laying down the gauntlet!
I have given the design a nickname of 'The Switch Cube' - you'll understand why when you've solved it!
Available in four sizes to suit all budgets.