Nov 26, 2015 | By Alec

The great thing about vibrant, active and diverse 3D printing community full of makers with their own quirks, projects and ideas is that we get to see so many fantastic, interesting and sometimes ultimately doomed projects. Of course failure itself isn’t so bad, as it slowly paves the way to success, but it is always great to see and learn from. And it’s been a long time since we’ve seen a report of a such an epic and disasterous 3D printing project such as that by CorenPuzzle’s doomed 22 x 22 Rubik’s Cube. On a live stream of the final assembly stages and first turning attempt, it burst into hundreds of little pieces.

Now if you’re a puzzle fan and a frequenter of YouTube, you’ll have doubtlessly seen CorenPuzzle’s projects before, who is super into everything related to the Rubik’s Cube. Having worked on so many puzzle projects before, the puzzler has been working on his most challenging adventure yet over the past few months: a gigantic, 22 x 22 x 22 Rubik’s Cube made up out of hundreds of separate 3D printed puzzles that revolve with a very complex movement system.

As he explained in his livestream, inspiration for this gargantuan puzzle came from another YouTube puzzling celebrity, Matt Bahner, who showcased his remarkable Yottaminx puzzle a while ago. ‘It took me by surprise, it was such a crazy, humongous puzzle. I always wanted to make something like a huge puzzle. I wanted to break the world record for largest Rubik’s Cube,’ CorenPuzzle explained. Starting way back in April, he set out on an extraordinary 3D printing quest that only ended earlier this week in disaster. ‘It was a long process of about a month to come up with the mechanism. I drew like a crude drawing of the mechanism. Wait a minute, I have a 3D printer, I’m just gonna build this. I went home and I printed out this terrible design,’ he says of its origins.

This Cerberus project, as he dubbed it, led to a first iteration this summer – also a 22x22 that also ended in agony. ‘This puzzle is not the world record yet as it was never fully assembled. Well when will it be done!? (A) End of Septemberish maybe October. I can’t let what happened in the video happen again. So the puzzle needs a new core a better core,’ he said at the time of that previous disaster.

So what happened this time around? Well, as you can see in the livestream footage below, most of the clip involves the maker putting the final pieces into place, a complex process that is very prone to error. That’s why it progresses very slowly. ‘I have the pieces in these holders, its all preorganised. There’s two of them, so its 198 pieces,’ he says of the last pieces. ‘I haven’t really figured out a way of how Im going to put in the last section. I’m guessing I have to loosen it, which I is why I taped this thing to hell just so I can hopefully avoid total failure. Like if it gets too loose and pieces fall out.’

But then, two hours later, the cube is complete and unwrapped, ready or action! Requiring quite a lot of pressure for all those individual 3D printed parts to start moving, CorenPuzzle starts the real show, and, well, just see for yourself. While a valiant attempt, the defeated maker said elsewhere that this is the final attempt: ‘It is over there will be no 3rd try,’ he said. He also claimed to not have any other 3D printed puzzles planned, but surely this should inspire more attempts elsewhere.

The disaster takes place in the very last minutes.



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