The X-Cube: The neXt generation, shape-shifting, 3D Logic Puzzle
By: Moving Parts LLC
The X-Cube is a twisting logic puzzle that forms an 'X' when solved and has all 6 colors oriented in the same directions.
The X-Cube has 52 moving parts, 102 stickers, and 125 decillion possible permutations.
That's 125,486,757,308,950,508,983,252,156,416,000,000 (1.254x10^35) permutations! That's over 2 quadrillion times more permutations than the original 3x3x3 for all you cube geeks, over 208 billion moles of permutations for all you chemistry geeks, and all you math geeks can check my math.
The X-Cube in action
An Open Source, 3D Printed Puzzle
The X-Cube was built using 3D printing technology. People have expressed a lot of excitement about using a 3D printer to make such a device, so I decided to make the puzzle open source. When the kickstarter campaign launches, backers will be able to pledge what they want to support the campaign and they will be given a link to download the files when the campaign is finished.
My mission is to show that 3D printing technology is a powerful tool for bringing an idea to life and sharing an invention with the world .
A short clip of the X-Cube in the 3D Printer
This technology allows me to share my invention with audiences I would never have been able to reach before. The internet now allows inventors to share their work with a vast new audience in the same way artists and musicians can share theirs. By making this project open source, it can become bigger than I could ever hope to make it by myself.
I hope people get as excited about the X-Cube as they did with the 3x3x3. I hope the project gets people excited about 3D printing technology. I hope it changes the way we share ideas and bring them to life.