Collider Cube is a puzzle based on the geometry of the tetrakis hexahedron. It has 24 axes of rotation; four on each face, or two at each edge of the cube. Each axis can stop at any of four places where adjacent turns can be made. But watch out for collisions between the pieces as they turn and get in each other's way! This overhang bandaging makes the puzzle trickier to solve.
This new model has a tensioned core instead of tensioned axles. This means it only uses 8 screws and springs, yet has the same (if not better) turning as the original model with 24 screws and springs!
Other Items Needed:
Dye: If you want the puzzle to be black, you can dye the pieces yourself with a nylon dye such as RIT or Dylon, or you can have i.materialise dye it for you for an extra charge.
Screws: Eight 12mm M3 pan head screws required, available in hardware stores or on the web.
Springs: Eight springs needed, available in web puzzle shops. I get mine from HK Now Store.
Degree of Difficulty:
Assembly: Moderate skill required to assemble.
Solving: Difficult to solve.
Collider Cube turns very nicely, and the mechanism is very stable.
Welcome! My goal when designing puzzles is to create geometries that are visually striking and have a complexity belied by their apparent simplicity. Many of my puzzles use odd axis systems, and exhibit strange properties such as jumbling and shape-shifting. Enjoy!