Kitables Rubisolver Rubik's Cube Solver

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Intro: Kitables Rubisolver Rubik's Cube Solver

These instructions will help you turn your pile of Kitables Rubisolver parts into a working Rubisolver.


It's very important that you read through the instructions and follow steps in the right order. If you glue something together in the wrong order it may be very difficult to continue assembling the kit or you may have to break apart parts which will make you a sad panda. All the code is available open source and we encourage you to PAINT, UPGRADE, REDESIGN, AND MODIFY AT WILL! HAVE FUN!

Step 1: Take Stock

Before starting make sure that you have all of the parts you need. If you are missing any components please contact Kitables immediately at info@kitables.co , so that we can get you back on track ASAP! There are a lot of small parts included, so we recommend doing the project in a clean area where you can find those stubborn dropped washers.

• 46 Laser Cut Wood Parts
• 2 medium length #4 screws
• 6 long length #4 screws
• 12 short length #4 screws
• 2 #4 unthreaded spacers
• 28 #4 washers
• 20 4-40 nuts
• 1 Microcontroller
• 1 USB cable
• 6 jumper wires
• 2 servos
• 2 tubes of super glue
• 1 Rubik's cube

Recommended Tools

• 3/32" Allen wrench
• Needle nose pliers
• Paper towels
• Hot glue gun (optional)

Step 2: Structure Assembly

*NOTE* for video above: For reasons unknown youtube defaults to 480p, on the bottom right hand part of the video player there is a settings icon. Click the icon and set it to 1080 even if it says it's already is playing at 1080 click it again and the resolution will improve

We've made many of these and found that you can complete the structure faster with hot glue, but a cleaner looking build results from using super glue. Be patient and make sure parts are perpendicular when gluing. Errors in build quality make the Rubisolver work less reliably.


• BEFORE GLUING PARTS TOGETHER! Screw servos and Arduino onto their corresponding laser cut parts in the correct orientation. Refer to the pictures and video to determine the correct orientation and double/triple/quadruple check you have them in the right orientation because remounting later is a pain.
• DO NOT GLUE COMPONENTS ONTO SERVO GEARS UNTIL IT'S ON! The servos should be on and in the "zero" position before gluing on these components. The servos should set to their zero position after installing the firmware and opening the GUI. This reduces the likelihood that software calibration process will fail.

• Follow the order shown in the video when assembling your laser cut components. If you glue parts together in the wrong order you may need to break them apart and try again

  • Also it seems to be very important to not screw everything down tight ( with exception of servos and board) the RubiSolver needs a little wiggle room!

Step 3: Download and Install Software

Code available for download from our github at:

https://github.com/Kitables/RubiSolver-Code

To upload the firmware to your Microcontroller, you'll need the Arduino software available here:

https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software

The Microcontroller code and Java user interface are in the attachment below.

  • Once downloaded unzip the file. You may need to use winrar if you get unzip errors
  • Do Not remove any files from folder or move them

If you're using digital servos and if they're running backwards, then you can reset the SERVO_REVERSE variable to "true" as shown in the picture above.

Step 4: Upload Code

  • Open the arduino program
  • Open rsolve.ino by going to the downloaded folder Rubifinal>Rubisolver>Rsolve
  • Tools>Board>Arduino Uno should be selected
  • Go to tools>serial port then select the Microcontroller USB port (Should look like "COM14" or "COM3")
    • IF THE SERIAL PORT MENU IS INACTIVE, then you're probably running one of the versions of Windows which doesn't play well with Microcontroller and you need to manually select a driver.
    • To do this type "Device Manager" in the start menu to open the Device Manager program
    • Expand the list labeled "Ports" OR "Other Devices"
    • You should see something that looks like "USB-Serial...". Right click and go to Properties
    • Driver>Update Driver>Browse my computer for driver software
    • Navigate to and select the drivers folder in the Arduino program install directory
    • Once installed you may need to restart the Arduino program and/or unplug the Rubisolver and try again
  • With the Rubisolver plugged in click the upload button (arrow icon) in the upper left corner of the Arduino program
  • If the process is successful you'll get a "Done Uploading" notification with no errors.

Step 5: Solve a Cube

  • Open the rubisolver.exe program
  • The rotating "Looking for Rubisolver" icon should indicate "Rubisolver Found!" within a few seconds. If it doesn't, then it's possible there was an error uploading your Arduino code

It's now time to glue on the platform and push arm.

  • The servos should now be in their "zero" position. Press on the push arm linkage onto the push arm servo gear. This should be a tight fit. Be sure to support the servo from the back to avoid breaking apart your Rubisolver. The zero position for the arm should be all the way back AWAY from the cube platform.
  • The platform should be parallel with the sides of the Rubisolver

Back to Solving a CUBE!

  • You can test the motion of your Rubisolver by Typing HTF (for "Hold", "Turn", "Flip") and then Send in the message window. Common issues with motion are addressed in the next step.
  • Enter the colors of your scrambled cube into the interface by clicking a color from the top bar and then clicking into the squares with that color
  • Click the "Solve" button in the upper right corner of the program window
  • Depending on the computer, "Working" will display for a few moments while the computer finds a solution to your cube. If the stickers/colors have been moved at some point to an unsolvable position, the program will notify you with an error.
  • Place the cube onto the Rubisolver Platform with TOP colors up, and FRONT colors facing the arm
  • Once solved, click the "Send" button in the lower right

Step 6: Debugging

Problem

  • Solution

Still having trouble with the port

  • Here's a great blog on the port recognizing issue if you're still finding problems.
  • http://0xcf.com/2015/03/13/chinese-arduinos-with-c...

    Flip operation doesn't work

    • There are a few potential causes of this problem
      • High friction in the arm joints due to screws being too tight. Particularly common for wood kits
        • Solution: Loosen screws throughout arm assembly including vertical guides. If you think this is still an issue for you, graphite (like from pencils), or wood lubricant can improve performance.
      • Low friction between the arm face and the cube. If the arm skims over the top of the cube, this could be your issue.
        • Solution: Increase the friction between that face and your cube by roughing the cube contact face of the arm, taping on a piece of sandpaper or electrical tape, use a bit of hot glue.

    Arm not moving

    • This can be due to the arm servo gear slipping or if you applied too much glue and froze your servo
    • Solution: Carefully glue the servo gear in the arm linkage hole and give the glue time to fully set. If the servo is frozen, try working the gear free by wiggling it with pliers. Careful as this may result in servo damage.

    Turn operation doesn't work

    • Check if the platform is aligned when servo is on and in the zero position
      • If you need to realign your platform, you can pry it loose by wiggling carefully until the glue cracks
    • Check if the servo isn't frozen with glue. It should rotate with little resistance when the Rubisolver is unplugged.
    • Check if the platform is securely glued to the servo gear.

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    27 Discussions

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    TerryL79

    Question 7 months ago on Step 6

    May I ask where can I get the source code of rubisolver progarm that runs under PC Windows? Thanks!

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    TerryL76

    Question 7 months ago on Introduction

    Hi, my name is Terry from Taiwan. I made a cube solver robot by watching your instruction on internet and it works. Now I am would like to add 9 color sensor to detect the cube cell color on each face by robot itself and solve the cube automatically. The only thing I am missing is the algrithm ( or the code in C even better) after input the color of cube faces and output the solution steps such as "T H F F T H......."

    I was wondering if you could help me out by sending me the code source code of rubisolver that runs on PC windows?

    Should you agree to sene me the source code with many thanks , my email address is lufamseed@gmail.com

    Best Regards,
    Terry Lu.

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    djruh

    10 months ago

    Hello its very good project but I don't understand the dimensions of wooden part can you sand me the sizes of wooden parts mukumov_shoh@mail.ru

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    Soulaimane1999

    1 year ago

    Hi! Is the kit still available, I really wanted to make a last year project about your Kit.. It looks very awesome! (sorry for my bad English)

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    Soulaimane1999

    1 year ago

    Hello, is the kit still available? I would like to do an end-year project about your Rubik's Solver but I dont find a palce to order the kit... ( sorry for my bad English)

    Thank you.

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    jeffsalim1

    2 years ago

    Can I have the laser print documents.

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    kitablesMarshallW4

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi Mashall, you can adjust the range of the turn operation by adjusting the values of the servo driver function in the provided Arduino code.

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    sc00p

    3 years ago on Introduction

    Requiring that we glue directly to the servos seems to be a terrible design. The super glue doesn't bond well there, it's awkward to apply it, and there's risk of damaging the servo by gluing it to itself. These two places should be snapped in with a plastic piece that fits nicely in the grooves on the servo.

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    kitablessc00p

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi scoop. We are gathering that feedback for future updates. the current problem is that the servos will drift over time and alignment must be more accurate than a single gear tooth.

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    sc00p

    3 years ago on Introduction

    To get my Mac to recognize the arduino clone included in the kit I had to install drivers for the CH340G chip. I found them at: http://blog.codebender.cc/2015/06/12/new-stuff-updated-mac-drivers/

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    fred_dot_u

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I see the new image added to the instructable, of the parts with part numbers. Great addition! Will there be additional images/segments involving the assembly of the individual parts?

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    kitablesfred_dot_u

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Fred, Thanks!

    Sorry for the delayed response. We'll keep adding pictures and editing instructions until it's clear for everybody :) Are there any steps in particular that would be helpful to break out into more detailed exploded views?

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    fred_dot_ukitables

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Re-examining the numbered parts list shows that there's no real reference for those numbers. As an example, I can see that part 1 and the three part 21 pieces go together, but parts 5, 7, 8, 9 mean what parts? There's other reference numbers, but they aren't printed on the parts and there's no clear identification. Even a document resembling the scan I sent of all the pieces, with arbitrary part numbers written in, followed by a paragraph or ten for assembly would be useful. Example: glue 3 part 21s into part 1.

    More details would be required for the rest of the construction, I believe.

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    fred_dot_ukitables

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    At present, I've given up on assembling the device. I'm going to continue to hope that the assembly process will become clearer over time, at which point, I'll take up the project.

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    fred_dot_u

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I've recently received the Kickstarter update that indicated a higher resolution video here on Instructables. My computer automatically kicks it to 1080p and it's a much clearer video for seeing the parts. My original problem remains, however. The clear video shows the first steps include three "bridge-shaped" pieces, yet my kit contains only two. The parts count in the list above indicates 45 pieces, which is the count I have, but that's missing the third bridge. It's a shame to be stumped on virtually the first step.

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    kitablesfred_dot_u

    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Hi Fred,

    I've attached an image of the part I think you're describing. We regret that it looks like some of the kits may have gone out with only two of these parts. It's possible to get the kit assembled with only two by leaving a gap between the two and gluing the parts separately to the large top piece (let me know if this isn't clear), but if you like we can rush mail you the missing part to get you back on track to assembling your kit. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.

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