Welcome to the Shapeways shop of Tom van der Zanden. I started desinging twisty puzzles in 2008. After a year of teaching myself of how to use design software and making a few puzzles using other services, I discovered Shapeways and started offering my puzzles there.
Since I am a student (at the time of opening my shop I was in high school still) I do not have much money to afford prototyping my own puzzles. However, the markup from the sales of my puzzles has allowed me to sustain making my own designs. I am very grateful to Shapeways and to the many collectors who purchased my puzzles for enabling me to make so many designs.
The items offered on this shop are "DIY kits". The include all the 3D printed plastic parts to build your own puzzle, but do not include the necessary screws or stickers. Shapeways can not currently provide these.
By default the 'white' material is seleted. If you want a puzzle with a black body you can either order the black material which is slightly more expensive, or order the white version and dye it yourself using Dylon #8 Ebony Black or one of RIT's fabric dyes.
If you do not want to build your own puzzle you can also contact me (email@example.com) to purchase an assembled puzzle which will be slightly more expensive than the ones from Shapeways.
Please visit my website www.tomvanderzanden.nl for more information on my puzzles!
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This is the Chimera, a puzzle suggested by twistypuzzles forum member pytlivyj_1 inspired on Tony Fisher's V-Dome. It is half of a 4x4 combined with half of a 6x6. In the solved state it seems like nothing can turn and it really just is a 2x2x2 cube, however as you do a few turns move moves become apparent.
This puzzle really turned out well and the turning is very good.
If you order this model, you will get a DIY kit of the plastic parts needed to make this puzzle. You will need to supply your own screws and springs for assembly. If you send me an email after ordering with your shipping address, I will send you a set of stickers for this puzzle for free.
You can also order an assembled copy of this puzzle from me directly, but this option is more expensive and it will take longer to get your puzzle.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in a fully assembled and stickered puzzle or would like to claim your free set of stickers. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have.
This is the Multidodecahedron. A puzzle that has all the parts from the Megaminx, Pyraminx Crystal, Starminx, Master Pentultimate and Pentultimate and requires you to solve them simultaneously. This puzzle was initially suggested by Carl Hoff, who coined the name Multidodecahedron.
The 4x5x6 Cuboid is the next step up from my 3x4x5. This puzzle was made at the request of Sigurd Wedel. Just like the 3x4x5 this one shapeshifts as 90 degree turns are possible on the 4x6 faces.
In the design I've used a mechanism slightly different from that of my 3x4x5 and slightly more like a V-Cube. The result is a puzzle that rotates very smoothly, even better than the 3x4x5. This puzzle is truly very complex, having more than 40 different mechanical parts.
This puzzle will arrive as a DIY kit, containing just the plastic parts needed to build it. You will need to supply your own screws for assembling, but I will send you a set of stickers separately if you order. Please send me an email to claim your sticker set after ordering.
If you do not want to assemble this puzzle I can sell you a fully assembled, stickered copy directly. Please send me an email if you are interested in this option.
This puzzle was suggested to me by Carl Hoff. Visit his shop for more puzzles.
This puzzle only really has 3 turnable faces. This was achieved by removing the cuts surrounding one corner. An alternative would have been to remove the 5 cuts surrounding a center, which would have essentially resulted in a Pentultimate (with internal parts visible). I decided to stick some gold stickers on the open part since without them it just looked very dark. I think this is nicer. The puzzle is 40mm on an edge. It's quite large so the puzzle on the inside is also nice and large. The hole is about 60mm in diameter.
The rotational movement on this puzzle is very smooth. I have not used springs in this design as that would have required the inner puzzle to become smaller which would have been a shame. The feeling of this puzzle is therefor a little different from other puzzles which do use springs like my Multidodecahedron but it's still very good.
Buying this item will get you a DIY kit of the parts required to build this puzzle. You will need to provide 3 of your own M3 screws to assemble it. If you do not want to assemble your puzzle yourself, I can do so for an additional fee. Contact me (email@example.com) for more details.
This is the Switch Box puzzle, a traditional Rubik's Cube with an added challenge: red switches bandage the puzzle. You have to carefully move them around during the solve so you can do the moves you need to do.
There are many different variations possible on the Switch Box. It is possible to choose how many edges should have a slider, and you have various corner types to pick from (there are corners with 0, 1, 2 or 3 slots for sliders to fit in to). This particular variant has 6 edges with sliders, 3 corners with 2 slots, 3 corners with 1 slot, 1 corner with 3 slots and 1 corner with no slots at all. I am offering various variants through my shop, but you can also email me to request a specific variant that is not offered.
You can also purchase the Switch Box with all corners open here. I think this variant is more fun than the original, since the original is very constrained and difficult.
This item will arrive as a DIY kit. Please not that this model contains all the parts in one file so they will all be processed the same way. If you want to get the sliders in a different color from the other parts you can click here to order them separately.
The DIY kit contains all the plastic parts required to build this puzzle, but not the stickers or the screws. If you email me after ordering I will send you a set of stickers for free. You can also purchase a fully assembled copy of this puzzle from me directly.
These are 6 separate switches for the Switch Box puzzle. You should order this together with the rest of the parts. These parts are available separately so you can have them made in a different color.
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