Legend has it that Ern? Rubik was working at the Department of Interior Design at the Academy of Applied Arts and Crafts in Budapest. The Cube was designed as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3D objects and space, during the process he was solving the structural problem of moving parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. He did not realize that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled his new Cube and then tried to restore it. He Patented his accidental invention in 1975 and has since inspired and challenged millions of minds around the world.
Because 43 Quintillion ways to scramble the ‘simple cube’ is not enough for twisty puzzle fans, many have come to Shapeways to design their own 3D printed twisty puzzles riffing on the original Rubik’s Cube concept. 3D printing makes it possible to create the most complex puzzles as there is much less cost in creating intricate details as there is with other manufacturing methods. Because each product is 3D printed on demand, people like Oskar van Deventer can take his 17x17x17 Over the Top puzzle to market even if there are only a few people brave enough to take it on.
Following are some of the most popular, mind bending 3D printed twisty puzzles on Shapeways.
Over The Top – 17x17x17 by Oskar_van_Deventer
Gift Cube by Oskar_van_Deventer
Master Pyraminx by shim
Radio Cube 3 by pirsquared
Pentamid Puzzle by Pitcher
Proportional Oh by Oskar_van_Deventer
Which is your favorite 3D printed twisty puzzle on Shapeways? Can you solve it?