Padawan Dovetail Box Puzzle

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Padawan Dovetail Box Puzzle by damienb Mar 25, 2013

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Another dovetail puzzle box, but this time, gravity will not help you... Will you be able to open it?


For this puzzle you have to use two 1/2" diameter (12.7mm) steel ball bearings (hint!). I will reuse these balls for next puzzles.

You can find some clues on how to solve this puzzle here: http://wp.me/p3gI7M-3G

To assemble the puzzle:
1/ push the 2 steel balls in the holes (1 per piece)
2/ hold each ball/piece between the thumb and forefinger
3/ completly slide the the pieces starting with the corners with the arrows
4/ try to open it!

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Am I crazy - but when I load these STL's they are TINY. Am I meant to be scaling them?

I have re-uploaded the STL so the geometry is now in mm. I should have checked Inventor default export configuration...

Framingr, I just checked my files with an external viewer (I have no printer yet) and apparently Inventor made the export in cm instead of mm, so the model is scaled down by 10. I'll try to regenerate all the files tonight to get them to mm.

Thanks for your comment!

FYI, I will order some 1/2" nylon and steel ball bearings in bunch for my puzzles. If you need a few I can probably arrange a shipment if you send me a message with you email address. I will also re-issue the first puzzle to match this size.