Collider Octahedron is a puzzle based on the geometry of the triakis octahedron. It has 24 axes of rotation; three 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! The additional pieces at the center of each face, and the fact that the axles are not stickered make this a harder puzzle to solve than the Collider Cube.
This new model has a tensioned core instead of tensioned axles. This means it only uses 6 screws and springs, yet has the same (if not better) turning as the original model with 30 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.
Screws: Six 12mm M3 pan head screws required, available in hardware stores or on the web.
Springs: Six 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 Octahedron 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!