Step 5: Put It All Together

To wrap it all up, put all the dice together around the steel ball and try rotating it a few times. It should rotate fairly freely. You may be able to ease the action a bit by applying silicone spray or "cube lube" to the internal faces, magnets, and steel ball.

If it doesn't seem to want to stay squared up without all the pieces in, don't worry; once all the pieces are in place, it should square up all by itself.

2x2 cubies are usually a bit more than 3/4" if I remember correctly, so the 2x2 dicecube is going to feel a little small, but not uncomfortably so.

Now go make some 2x2 cubes and tell me about your experiences!
Maybe if you put magnets on the sides that touch it would be stronger.
i think i'm gonna try this one, by the way good job! <br>
My record for solving is 1:41. Here is a video of me solving a Rubiks cube!<br/><div style="margin-left:15px;"> <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/lXDLS1ZPVw4"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lXDLS1ZPVw4" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425" height="344" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></div><br/>
Mine record is 50 seconds<br />
Mine is 15 secs. using fredrichs method
What algorithm are you using? I try and use the crosses but I can only get one side :( -RoAr
u do parkour? So do I! awesome!
What's &quot;pakour&quot;?<br />
<p>*Parkour, mind you.<br /> <br /> Parkour is an art of movement designed to get you through an environment as quickly and safely as possible. Its common to also have &quot;efficieny&quot; included in the definition.<br /> <br /> americanparkour.com for more info.</p>
Quickly, yes. Safely, i don't think so
I thought it was a way to get form point &quot;A&quot; to point &quot;B&quot; as creatively as possible!<br />
&nbsp;The Office got it pretty darn wrong.<br /> <br /> That WAS a very funny skit though! :D<br />
I hope you know I was joking! <br />
Oh, sorry. Thanks....I'll check it out.<br />
Don't worry, the misspelling happens quite often.
&nbsp;Youtube Parkour
Yes, I did. That's really cool. I wish I had the guts to try stuff like that.<br />
&nbsp;PM me on APK!<br /> <br /> WoodlandGhillie (Everyone calls me &quot;Blanc&quot;, NOT Blank.). im trying to change my APK user to it.)<br /> <br /> Traceurs FTW!!! I always like meeting another one.<br />
ow do u make the pattern on the rubiks.com cube
This is cool
you know that you could have glued one dice to the magnetic ball and then only make the other holes to the other 3 dices
No, because then you have to move that particular piece, but you couldn't because you glued it... Counter-Intuitive!!!
i made something like this, it was a 1X1X1 cube and i solved it in .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 seconds.
is there any easer way to do this? that hole cutting I mean because I made one but it looked horrible because I couldn't get the sanded bit at the right angle so they were sticking a falling off any ideas?
its a good thing to do when ur in prison :)
RE: Holding down the dice with your fingers whilst drilling - be very careful, this is a daring way to use a press. One inclination might be to wear gloves, but this can be a problem in that the bit could catch on the glove (which is even closer to the bit while holding such a small object than a gloveless hand would be) and then your hand is pulled along for the ride. A more elaborate jig might be the conservative route to take. Another option would be to take the jig, screwed together not just glued, and put it in a pan you fill with water up almost to the tip of the cube and freeze. Drill while it's suspened in the ice, and the ice will result in the plastic being colder so the bit cuts cleaner too. Overall this is a nice project but I can't help but think there might be some way to get some LEDs in there (just kidding).
You make a good point, one that I probably should have spent more time talking about in the instructable, other than the comment on one of the pictures. One problem I see with freezing the dice is that the friction of drilling tends to create a lot of heat, which I would think might melt the ice around the die rather quickly. Some of my original ideas included a round washer with a hole large enough for the bit to fit through easily, yet small enough to catch the edges of the die. then wires would be attached somehow to the washer, which would go through the base and attach to weights or tensioned springs. In the end however, I decided that since the plastic is pretty soft, my hand pretty steady, and the press fairly slow, I'd try it without the complicated washer setup. On a final note, although I never had any problems with losing control of the dice, if you do happen to, get your hands away from the work area and turn off the press.
I'd have to agree with ac-dc: unless you're using a wholly inappropriate drill bit, there's no way you can generate enough heat to melt the ice before you've finished drilling the die. You did, alas, use a semi-inappropriate bit. There are special bits for drilling acrylic. Instead of the tip having a sharp edge, the cutting surface at the tip is perpendicular, so it scrapes away the plastic instead of digging into it. Digging stresses the plastic and creates microfractures that, over time, can propagate into "crazing." (Water, like the moisture in air, encourages acrylic fractures to spread.) You can make a normal bit into a best-for-plastics bit by just filing down the cutting edges at the tip to square them off. However, especially with smaller holes and bits, this tends to be less of a problem. Using solvent glue, or heat-polishing, also can heal the fractures before they spread. (These holes are too small to heat-polish. It involves a blowtorch. :) But I digress. I was going to say, if you wanted to lock down the die for drilling, seems to me that an ideal way would be to cut the 55-degree block into six slices instead of three. (Yea, probably start with a somewhat longer piece of wood for that.) Make two similar jigs. Put the die in the first one, as show. Drill a hole through the center of the second one, where the three guide lines meet. (Hmmm. How to get that hole centered precisely between the three blocks is, er, left as an exercise to the reader.) Set the second jig on top of the die. Drill through the hole. You really ought to be able to just hold the second jig in place while drilling, but if one were going to make many many 2x2 cubes, you could use dowels to lock the top jig to the bottom one.
Unless the drill bit is incredibly dull, there is no problem melting the ice just to get a hole of suitable size. A hunk of plastic is a reasonable insulator, and a large block of ice doesn't melt very fast. It only needs to hold it still for about 5 seconds if that and the drilling can actually go faster when you're not having to be particularlly careful of your fingers. We can think through lots of ways to do it, but generally speaking you may have more skill or experience with a drill press than some and I'd hate to hear someone had their finger harmed. It's easy to get too relaxed using a drill press and to forget just how powerful it is. Suppose somehow the bit caught on your finger, it can easily force the entire hand up to the top of the bit and that's going to be startling enough that you won't be able to so quickly turn the press off, and turning it off doesn't apply any kind of braking on most presses. IMO, safety first.
I'm still not sure about the ice method, but then i've never tried that technique before. I agree wholely about the safety aspect, and that I should have focused more on it.
I suppose my summary would be, "I too have done a lot of questionable things when machining parts, but I would hesitate to directly describe the methods I used instead of outlining the general procedure then leaving it to each person to decide what risk to take," since there's no foolproof way to pre-suppose anyone else's skill level or mental disposition. Maybe this much should be implied, as "don't do this if you don't feel comfortable", but on the other hand, to some extent the whole purpose of these project ideas was to pose them to someone who wasn't comfortable DIY without some guidance.
<strong>Stunning !</strong><br/><br/>As for the jig, do you suppose Sculpey in a square tin might work ? Altoids of course, as the peppermint residue may slightly mask the cut plastic odor ;)<br/><br/><ul class="curly"><li>Cut soft Sculpey surface flat</li><li>press in die,</li><li>remove,</li><li>bake sculpey</li><li>glue die in place with rubber cement for removable bond</li><li>clamp rectangular tin to drill press</li></ul>
casinos! they get rid of cards and dice constantly and get new ones -- contact a casino near you!
wouldn't it have been easier to like the four up dice and heat the ball to melt the grove instead of drilling them they way you did? buy good job looks nice :)
although I'm not taking bout your instructable but wow how did you make the pattern on your rubik's cube? the pic on your collection?
Mt friend can solve a 3x3x3 in like 30 secs!!!!!!!!!its AMAZING!
it'd be amazing if someone made something like this with 10 sided dice or other D&D dice
hey "burzvingion" would you sell the 2x2 magnetic cube? if so how much because ive been looking around any no one sells it. thanks
just make one, it costs about 8 bucks(plus shipping/handling), and its a good project<br/><br/>and this isnt generally to you but <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thegamestore.com">http://www.thegamestore.com</a> seems to be a better site for ordering dice<br/>
i dont have some tools can i still make it? a list of what i have Utility knife Shop-vac Drill Press Belt sander im not shure what a 17/64" split point drill bit is
Couldn't you just bundle four dice at a time in another specialized jig, and drill the hole four dice at a time? It would save time as well as effort, I presume, as you would only have to drill twice, and you wouldn't have to deal with the corners.
how much that cost me
$1.52 USD for magnets thats all i know.
Can we use any color of dice we want just as long as it's 19mm?
Yep! In fact, you wouldn't necessarily have to use 19mm dice, its just that these approximate the size of a Rubix brand cube the best. If you decide to use another size dice, you may have to make other modifications such as a different size ball bearing or magnets. I wouldn't recommend going smaller than 19mm though, as it's already a bit smaller than the Rubix 2x2x2, and may be unwieldy with 16mm or smaller dice.
do the rubiks cubes the real ones have magnets in them?
I tood a pictur of the guts of a rubix cube just for you!
thanks! but note that this is my new <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/member/struckbyanarrow/">account.</a> Thanks!<br/>

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