Building / Fixing a Rubik's Cube

Introduction: Building / Fixing a Rubik's Cube

Invented in 1974 by a Hungarian teacher by the name of Erno Rubik, the Rubik's Cube has become one of the most popular puzzles on the planet. Even though it is so widely spread, not that many people know how to solve it. In this Instructable, I will show you how to build a Rubik's cube or fix it. You might technically even be able to solve it if you put the pieces back together in a certain order ;) So let's start!

Supplies

  • 3D Printer (If you don't have a Rubic's cube and want to print your own)
  • Hammer and a wrench or something similar to both (If putting the last corner hurts your fingers or is hard to do)

Step 1: Making the Foundation

So first, we will take the ball that will go in the center and the 6 spoke type of things and insert them into the holes like this. I also attached the parts and a stand to place your Rubik's Cube on files.

Step 2: Starting the Bottom Layer

Now, we will start with the bottom layer. We will take 1 of the side pieces and place it as shown in the picture. Starting with this piece will make the entire process of building the Rubik's Cube easier. Also, put the cube on something flat and balance it on one of the spokes. This way, the pieces will not fall out when we place them.

Step 3: Putting the Corners in the Bottom Layer

After placing the first side piece, we will place the corner piece like in the picture. We will continue this pattern all around the bottom layer. Side piece then corner piece and then side piece. Make sure not to move the other pieces when placing the new ones.

Step 4: Completed Bottom Layer

This is how the bottom layer should look like after placing all of the pieces. Again, make sure not to move the pieces because you might have to start over :)

Step 5: Starting the Middle Layer

Now, we will start building the middle layer. We will first take one of the side pieces and place it like the first picture. All of the side pieces will have to be oriented this way when you place them in the second layer. The other pictures show how it should look like after you place it on the cube.

Step 6: Finishing the Middle Layer

To complete this middle layer, we will add 3 more of the side pieces and place them in the same orientation as described in step 5. The cube should look like the picture above. Now, you should only have 4 corner pieces and 4 side pieces left.

Step 7: Starting the Final Layer

Again, we will start with a side piece just like the bottom layer. We will then place it in the cube like the picture above.

Step 8: Adding the Corners in the Final Layer

After adding the first side piece, we will add a corner piece next to the side piece like in the picture above. We continue all around the cube and stop when we have 1 corner left.

Step 9: The Last Corner

The last corner is probably the hardest step in my opinion. This is because to put it in, you have to kind of shove it into the cube. This is where something similar to a hammer and pliers could come in handy. If you are 3d printing the parts though, keep in mind that the parts could break more easily than parts from and actual Rubic's cube. Hold the piece with the pliers and GENTLY try to push/hit it in with something similar to a hammer. After this, you are done!

Step 10: The Finished Cube

After putting the last corner, you have successfully built your own Rubik's Cube. Congratulations! If you 3D printed the cube, you can now add stickers or color the parts to finish it up. If you do not know how to solve a Rubik's cube, use this link to learn the easy but slow method or this link to learn the fast but EXTREMELY hard method. Just in case you just can't learn how to solve it or you don't want to take the time to, click on this link to take you to a website that will solve it for you. Please vote for me in the TINKERCAD STUDENT DESIGN CONTEST located in the "Contests" page if you liked this Instructable. Thank you so much!

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    8 Comments

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    shambhavisb6125
    shambhavisb6125

    1 year ago

    Hello
    I just want to ask u that open the step 9 and zoom it and see the last corner piece and then tell me , like the part which is inside the Rubik's cube means just leave the upper part of the cube means square I think that u have also made the pieces of the cube with help of a square only. So the shape without including the square is which shape.
    And also tell me if u know that how to make our own shape in tinker cad and if don't then know then also tell me that is your cube really movable or not.

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    BhaskaraII
    BhaskaraII

    Reply 1 year ago

    Like I said before, I didn’t exactly make the pieces of the cube in Tinkercad, but I scanned them with my 3D scanner and then imported them. Yes the cube really moves if you 3D print it and this instructable can serve as a guide if you just want to fix a regular Rubik’s cube. Sorry but could you explain what you mean for the “step 9” thing? For the last question, you can do 3D designing and circuiting at the same time. A really good 3D modeling and circuiting software for free is fusion360. But you will have to search up fusoin 360 for students or something like that to get the free version for education. The professional one is very expensive,

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    shambhavisb6125
    shambhavisb6125

    1 year ago

    This my last question that if we have to do 3D designing and circuits both at the same time so is that possible to that or not.

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    BhaskaraII
    BhaskaraII

    Reply 1 year ago

    The shapes were actually created with a 3D scanner in which I put the parts of my regular Rubik’s cube.

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    shambhavisb6125
    shambhavisb6125

    1 year ago

    Which shapes have u used
    Please tell me

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    shourya2305
    shourya2305

    Reply 1 year ago

    I gusse he used rounded cube

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    thenicecrafter
    thenicecrafter

    1 year ago

    Nice cube. I 3D printed mine and it turns faster than the original for me😃!