Carbon puzzle by Donald Osselaer

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Carbon puzzle by Donald Osselaer by richgain May 12, 2012
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This is a simple 3 board burr puzzle that should be printable on most 3D printers.
I used an eMaker Huxley with a 0.3mm nozzle.

EDIT: The XMPUZZLE file is now also available for download. Get a copy of Burr Tools to open it (http://burrtools.sourceforge.net/).


Print the 3 pieces.
The pieces have been designed with no tolerance so will be a tight fit.
Trim any excess from the squashed base layer as this will prevent the puzzle from fitting together properly.

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Just out of curiosity, is the .zip file you get when you click "Download All Files" supposed to be a quine, or is that unintentional? If you don't know what a quine is, look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quine_(computing) -- actually, now that I think about it, a quine is literally the programming equivalent of a RepRap printer.

ou peut on trouver la solution du montage svp

Hi stegpt
You need to download the free software called “Burr Tools”
Load the file called carbon.xmpuzzle which I also put in the Files area.
The first window is for creating and viewing individual pieces. The second window is for defining which pieces are needed for the puzzle. You need to use the third window which is for finding the solutions to puzzles.

My print was way to tight. I had to chamfer all the edges and also print it again with z scaled down to 95% to make the parts thinner.

works great but could not understand the solutions link you gave had to figure it out myself but that much more fun. right ?

Brilliant, prints well on a Printrbot Simple.

just printed one on my Printrbot Jr. Came out perfect. My 11 year old daughter saw me trying to put it together and took it! So i'm printing a second one now. I hope I can figure out how to put it together before I go crazy! thanks.

Can you post the blender file?

Hi Luis
No Blender required for puzzles. Just use Burr Tools for everything!
See the link above.

  • Design puzzles
  • Export STL pieces
  • Tweak offset for perfect fit
  • Find puzzle solutions automatically

I have had no luck reworking the tollerances on this so it works straight off the print bed. The closest I've gotten kinda twists when assmebled. Has anyone had any more luck?

Hi there.

I'm the inventor of this puzzle ... or at least I think I was first :)

Don't worry ... I'm not here to bitch about copyrights as I don't believe in them.

I'm very pleased to see people being creative with my design.

They look lovely :)

I've never seen a 3D printer at work. Is it expensive to print these?

I live in Belgium ... is there a kind soul willing to send me one?

Have fun. 8-)

Hi Donald, good to see you here.

I'm a puzzle designer and puzzle maker too. I have a shop at Shapeways called microcubology where I sell 3D printed puzzles designed by me and other people.

I always get permission and pay commission when I sell a puzzle that someone else designed. Thingiverse is a bit different because people make their own stuff and the quality is lower but it's so much cheaper. A puzzle that might cost me
£10 at Shapeways costs about 50 pence to print on a reprap. Not all puzzles can be printed on reprap machines (overhanging edges need support material which leaves messy surfaces) so I scan the PWPB archives looking for good, printable puzzles and give them a wider audience.
Send me a PM and I'll
be happy to post a copy to you.

Would love to see a DXF file post of the design for us 3D printer challanged folks who

own a laser engraver.. thx, gmt

Hi gmt

I'm not sure how to make a dxf file but I've added a 256 colour bitmap which you, or someone else, might be able to make use of.


What did you create the model in, sir? Can you post that native file?

This is a great idea. Easy to print. Fun to play with. Thanks a lot!