The Triptych is a puzzle box designed by Daniel Brown (That's me!). It has three different mechanisms that each require a different method to open, figure out all three and the lid will slide right off.
The finished box is 70mm x 70mm x 100mm.
You will need to print 9 total parts, files are oriented in the intended position but feel free to tweak as required, scaling will alter tolerances and is not recommended. The box and lid will take the longest to print.
1 x Box.
1 x Lid.
1 x Plug.
6 x Pins. (These can be substituted for 5mm x 5mm brass pins if you have the time to cut and polish them, classy though!).
Follow my amazing guide image for easy assembly. The solution will be available in a later section!
THIS IS A BETA RELEASE, I HAVE NOT PRINTED THIS YET.
Feel free to edit, print, share, and gift this file and any prints of the box as much as you like. Please give credit wherever possible and link back to this post. Do not sell this file or any prints of the box for any reason, if you wish to make money with it please contact me for permission first.
Contains small parts, not suitable for children.
Thank you and enjoy :)
11/8/17 - Beta release - The box works in a simulated environment and has tolerances built in with 3D Printing in mind. This will be updated as soon as I have printed a box myself.
Clean up or sanding may be required for smooth operation, make sure all parts slide and move freely before fully assembling with pins as you may permanently lock the box!
See below for assembly instructions :)
The Triptych was designed in Fusion 360 over a few months and iterations. Future modifications and variants may be available as time goes on.
I've always had an interest in puzzles and the like, it only seemed sensible to have a go at making my own.
I don't recommend you read this if you want to enjoy solving the puzzle box, take heed!
HINT: The three methods for unlocking are gravitational, centrifugal and pneumatic.
The top pins open by being in a vertical position, they fall into the body releasing the lid. Depending how tight your pins are they may need a tap to fall all the way.
The side pins open by centrifugal force, you spin the box and they slide across into the box releasing the lid.
The plug is seated in the box and opens using pneumatic force, blow into the rear hole and the plug will push up into the lid, push against the lid to slide it open (providing you have dealt with the first two mechanisms).
Balance all three to successfully slide open the lid, if you did this without cheating, well done! ;)