Check out these amazing acrylic puzzles from MAKE Flickr photo pool member Fibra! They look like something Superman’s dad would give his kid – “This extremely difficult cube puzzle is made of 6 piecees of laser cut acrylic. I made it in different colours and 2 sizes, 35 and 55mm. It could be assembled/disasembled in 18 sequencial moves minimum. I make it from the end of 2005. and never heard anybody assembled it. “ – Link.
10 thoughts on “Acrylic puzzles”
Is it possible to get smooth clear edges when laser cutting acrylic?
It’s difficult to get a polished face from the initial cut (you’re walking a line between burning and smoothness). Normally, you’d flame or mechanically polish the edges as a separate step to get a completely smooth, transparent edge.
Okay, so I looked at the pretty photos. Looks like fun. How do I make one? As a much less Make-like alternative, how do I get my grubby hands on one in exchange for some $$$?
To make one, step one is go here http://www.versalaser.com/english/laser_systems/laser_systems.html and buy one of the laser cutters.
To cut this thick plastic, you’ll need a 50 watt laser, so you’re looking at $20,000 for the base unit, laser, and air filter.
Once you complete step one, the other steps are a huge amount of fun. I’ve been drooling over this machine for a couple of years.
Here is another acrylic puzzle design, again, with 6 pieces: http://www.charlesperry.com/Puzzles/Ball.html.
I wonder if the shape of the pieces is the same.
You can probably find it at MOMA in NYC.
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