3D Printed Sliding Tile Puzzle

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Hi All.

As a kid, I always dreaded going to the dentist. The only positive memory I can remember was being released from the chair of horror and allowed to claim a prize from the "treasure chest" in exchange for keeping my mouth open the previous half hour. One of the trinkets I received from my many dentist visits was a plastic sliding tile puzzle. After seeing the puzzle challenge, I decided to try to print a tile puzzle myself; so here it is.

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Step 1: What You Need

Tools Needed:

- 3D Printer with minimum build volume of 4in x 4in x 3/4in (101mm x 101mm x 20mm)

Materials Needed:

- Plastic Printer Filament

- Super Glue

I printed my puzzle with PLA, but ABS or other printing material would work just as fine.

Step 2: Print Your Puzzle

When your ready to print, download the STL files below and configure the gcode with a CAM software. I used the following specifications when printing my parts:

Layer Height: 0.06

Infill: 40%

Shells: 2

You will need to use a small amount of support material when printing all the puzzle pieces, except the frame piece.

Step 3: Assemble Your Puzzle

Once you've printed all the parts and removed the support material, you're ready to assemble your puzzle. Simply snap the pieces into the puzzle tray. Start by placing a tile in the bottom left-hand corner and continue placing the other tiles around it in an upward outward pattern.

When all fifteen tiles are in place, squirt a drop of super glue on the four corner pegs on the puzzle tray. Then align the holes on the frame with the pegs on the tray, and snap the two pieces together. Be careful not to get any super glue on the puzzle tiles.

Step 4: Solve and Enjoy!

Alright, so now that your puzzle is assembled and all, you can solve it. Start by sliding the tiles around into a completely random orientation, then you can put them straight again. The goal is to position all the tiles in the correct numerical order, starting with the 1 in the top left-hand corner and counting upwards, left to right. The tiles will slide roughly at first, but as you keep sliding them around, their edges wear down a bit and the sliding action will become smoother.

And that's it! I hope you have fun with this 3D Printed Sliding Tile Puzzle. Thanks for reading this post, and enjoy!

jlaake

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    paulbrandt2

    1 year ago on Step 3

    Great project, I would like to print some out for my grandkids but I can't. I am using TurboCad to draw parts and export the file as .stl in mm, and Cura to slice slice the part. When a put anyPuzzlePart.stl file into Cura it is VERY large, did you save in mm? If not could you post either a TC file or a .stl file saved in mm?

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    jlaakepaulbrandt2

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey Paul,

    I'm not sure why the stl's are so large, but you should be able to scale them down and they should print fine. The tiles should be scaled to 25 mm in the x and y directions. And the tray and lid should be scaled to 92 mm in the x and y directions.

    If this doesn't work, let me know, I'll try to figure something else out.

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    Quadrifoglio

    2 years ago

    We called them Chiclets puzzles because of the shape of the tiles and the color, usually white. They were a staple on long car trips, along with shoestring potatoes in a can, white bread, Vienna sausages, and Shasta cola. Set the WAYBACK machine Mr. Peabody. Nice project and I voted for it.

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    Benne

    2 years ago

    Nice!, what printer did you use to print this puzzle?

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    jlaakeBenne

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks! I used a Monoprice Maker Select 3D Printer