Showing posts from January, 2021

Rota Box by Lucie Pauwels - New prototype

Following up the idea highlighted in my previous post on partnership , I have started to exchange with Lucie Pauwels. Lucie is a well known puzzle designer who does publish regularly new puzzles on Facebook (a lot compared to me...). Some of her puzzles are getting produced of course, but certainly not all and some remain at the prototype stage. It's certainly a missed opportunity for puzzlers. So, I took on the idea to select one or two of her recent puzzles, of course with her kind permission, and then model and print it in 3D. My first choice is Rota Box, as you can see on the pictures below.   I have added an additional challenge (I just love additional challenges !) with the last configuration: sames pieces, with a hole obviously inside and an extra voxel at the corner of the box. It is a nice packing puzzle. The box with its opening is kind of tricky and certainly limits possibilities. Both configuration have a unique solution, that requires rotation (no, it is not a spoiler

Hexabox - First prototype !

 I wanted for some time now to design a new version of Drawer Box , a coordinated motion puzzle box. It's a nice design (at least I have good feedback from puzzlers), but not easy to 3D print and I had decided to discontinue this model. It has generated a bit of frustration for those who wanted a copy, my apologies for that. So, I decided to go for a new version, with a better printability but also with some new twist. I just cannot do the same design twice or change only a small thing here and there, this is no the way I like to work. And then comes Hexabox, the big sister of Drawer Box ! Hexabox is a coordinated motion puzzle box, shaped as an hexagon (I now, clever name...) , with 4 drawers and a sequential discovery ending improved compared to Drawer Box.  It is quite a massive puzzle, because of the 4 drawers. Also, I have designed a new way of coordinating the drawers, quite ingenious I must say, and I hope not too fragile.  This puzzle is actually difficult. I had to design


 The new year is certainly a good time for making improvement and planning ahead ! I have one puzzle design in the making, Hexabox, currently in producton of a first copy before final testing. I have a couple of designs on the drawing board, more or less advanced (more in my head than on paper to be honest...). That's fine, this is the way I want to work (at least as a puzzle maker I am my own boss !), taking the time to do things well. But let's face it, I am not going to have 10 designs on sale at any point of time. The only concern with that is international shipping fees which are always expensive and sometimes too expensive for ordering one single puzzle. I heard that from some of my customers, and I totally understand. Toying with this idea, I thought that I could have some partnership with a few puzzle designers (1 or 2, may be 3 but not more) for some of their puzzle designs and add them to the catalog. I would model, 3D print and get them on sale. Of course, puzzle des

Hints for Swiss Cheese & Grape ? (no spoiler)

  Swiss Cheese and Grape is fun and cheesy but also a VERY challenging puzzle. After having solved the bonus games, you might get stuck on the main challenge. I decided to add on this site some hints for Swiss Cheese and Grape puzzle, which is for sure much more difficult than what it looks like. I you have recently acquired this puzzle, you will receive a link to Hint #1, that will lead to Hint #2, etc. The hints are incemental and will lead to the full solution. If you have not received it, just drop me a quick message.