1x2x3 puzzle: A friendlier Rubik's Cube for a better world

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1x2x3 puzzle: A friendlier Rubik's Cube for a better world by TomZ Apr 20, 2010


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We all love and hate the Rubik\'s Cube. What if we could have a Rubik\'s Cube that we could actually solve? Wouldn\'t that be awesome? Now you can, with the all new 1x2x3 Rubik\'s Cube! Not too hard, but still a challenge. Print yours today!

It is designed to be printable on a Makerbot/RepRap 3D printer. Apart from the fillets, there are no overhangs whatsoever.
I\'ve provided an STL with all the parts in it, ready to be loaded into your printer. If your printer ain\'t that reliable, I\'ve also attached the files separately.
The puzzle\'s cubelets measure 20mm on an edge, making the puzzle 20x40x60mm.

The puzzle shown in the picture is one of a commercially 3D printed one. Available from $30 at http://shapeways.com/shops/puzzles.


The 1x2x3 consists of two middle sections which are held together by some sort of screw. In this case, I\'ve designed a pin that can be glued in place. The outer parts attach to the middle sections via dovetail connection.

Assembly should be straightforward. Attach the outer parts into the middle parts, put a bit of glue into the hole for the pin, combine the two halves, push the pin in and hold it down till the glue is dry. Now glue on the covering cap and you\'re done!
Now you just need to find something to colour it. Use a sharpie, stickers or maybe even print out some differently shaped polygons to use in place of the traditional colours.

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I still don't quite know which pieces to glue and which to not. Can anyone tell me in detail?

Tolerances are way too tight. The pin is a press fit even with heavy sanding and it's a ton of work to get the other pieces even close to just dropping right in. Unfortunately too much work for what it's worth, but a cool idea.

Hi, must admit ... need a try (not to solve, but to print :) )

I found the tolerances way too tight and the pin doesn't fit. It's probably my printer but I would like to see a slack version

I can actually solve the 3x3 Rubik's cube. It's not that hard once you learn how to. My pin snapped 5 times. I wound up just using the smaller part and crazy gluing the cap. Nice job anyways.

do you need to print with supports or anything special like that???

i dont see why you would need to print with supports but a brim is always good

I just printed mine, but the printer I used is not the best so I need to sand it down but it will still work well i hope, but the idea for this should still work.

Has anyone tried printing this on a Da Vinci 1.0? If so, how did it come out and what settings did you use. Thanks.

Legendary TomZ, I have quite a few of your puzzles. Now, I can print them. Thanks!!

There is a problem with Part 3 not slicing properly. There are holes and intersecting faces that end up causing slic3r to not generate the bottom face (when rotated correctly). These are sub-par quality STLs. Do not waste plastic making this.

Try http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3737 instead. This model doesn't really take in to account printing on a consumer grade-printer, it would be more suitable for printing on a service like Shapeways.

FULLY MakerBottable 3x2x1 Rubik\'s Cube

Works great! Thanks for sharing. I printed it on a FLASHFORGE Creator Pro, no problems.

But wouldn't it be better to actually upload non corrupt files? BTW thanks for baiting me in to wasting 5 meters of plastic.

Stop being rude. This man has put time and effort into this, and taken the time to help you. Think twice next time.

yeah, I know what it's like, it's hard to make a moving model, check out mine at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:780436

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The rounded corners are causing me to end up with a lot of extra plastic on the corners. So instead of being rounded, the corners actually protrude. Any skeinforge tips to fix this?

Hmm... STL's need to be rotated before they can be printed.