4x4x6 Cuboid Twisty Puzzle
by TomZ, published
The design for this puzzle is really quite complex and the supplied STL files are probably only printable on high-end printers such as Shapeways' SLS printers. Nevertheless, I hope the SolidWorks file will still be useful to many for learning the art of puzzle design or making derived puzzles.
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You're right, i hate it how much they lock down the Student's Kit. However, shapeways has a tutorial about exactly this topic - you can save any SLDPRT as .stl in eDrawings. That reminds me of one of those programs that say "pay 90$ now to get rid of this popup!". Except that it's more like 1500$ with solidworks...
I'm not sure, but I might have heard you can't export to STL from the student edition. But in case I'm wrong, it's as easy as doing as "Save As" and selecting STL as your filetype.
How did you export the STL files from Solidworks? I'm going to build a Reprap Mendel when i'm done with this semester's exams, and i'd like everyone from my university to be able to use it. Solidworks is the main CAD software everyone knows and uses (free student's edition), and i haven't found a way to export or convert SLDPRTs to STL or any other format i could convert to STL.
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For your convenience, you can order a pack of all the parts required to build this puzzle at Shapeways: shapeways.com/model/291445/4x4x6_cuboid___open_source.html
To assemble the puzzle, you will need 6 M3 screws (4-40 machine screws might work as well) and some M3 springs (about 10mm long). Using some small washers is recommended, and applying some silicone lubricant will improve turning of the puzzle a lot.
Additionally, I can sell you an assembled copy of this puzzle. Contact me at [email protected] for this service.
To open the SolidWorks file, SolidWorks 2011 or higher is required. I have tried to keep everything nicely organized in folders so the structure of the file is as clear as possible.
A zip file containing all the STL files is supplied for easy downloading (it's right at the bottom of the list).
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