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Posted by seawee65 5 years ago
Ponoko is running another 10-day design challenge with $5000 worth of prizes. The theme is puzzles.Ponoko 10-Day Design Challenge -- PuzzlesWe want to make it easy for you to do cool stuff. And with the fantastic response we got from our first Design Challenge we've decided to run another one showcasing Puzzles. So this is another chance to show off your design skills, get your creations made and delivered to your door for free. Oh, and win $1,000 in cash plus several thousand dollars in other prizes.Design briefPuzzles can educate and entertain. They can be a solitary exercise or a group activity and when you have memorized how it goes together, you can pass it on to friends or family.Your challenge is to create intriguing and entertaining puzzles on a laser cutter -- within 10 days!Laser cutting brings a new angle to puzzles. The ability to create incredibly intricate detail means puzzles can be as simple or as complex as you like. The traditional jigsaw shape can now be designed with much greater variety and intricacy.Laser surface treatments can be a graphic in nature or a texture. How these are used is essential in the design of your puzzle. Every mark or line on the material becomes a clue on how to put the puzzle together.Puzzles need not be 2D. You could make a 3D puzzle using layers or shapes connected in an interesting way. Think about how multiple pieces can be combined to create an interesting design.Attention to detail, material combinations, connections, production feasibility and quality will be key to making your design stand out.full details
Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago
Hey guys, I have a couple of really cool puzzle designs that are printable. And I'm thinking of opening an online shop to sell just the designs. What price would be reasonable for a game/art design? And would you ever Buy a design? And if so, what price would you pay for a relatively simple design? What would you be willing to pay for an intricate design? I know thingiverse is awesome, and open source is the way to go. Though currently I'm a poor college student who's playing around with some 3d designs Trying to see if I can earn some extra money here and there. Thanks your help guys, -Tom
Posted by tommytai3 6 years ago
Attention all precision puzzle makers!Cubicdissection.com and Incra have teamed up to establish the first ever [http://www.cubicdissection.com/contest/contest.html" Stewart Coffin Puzzle Craft Contest]! The two winning amateur puzzle maker entrants win cash and tools! Check out the contest info page for more information.Perhaps puzzle maker extraordinaire and friend of Instructables Lee Krasnow will be entering something?
Posted by noahw 10 years ago
Hey guys, so I've been looking around at some of these cool wooden puzzle boxes on instructables and being a member of the k'nex community I immediately thought that it would be really cool if a knex puzzle box could be made. So I present this challenge, try to make a puzzle box out of knex that requires some kind of trick to open (see this link to get an idea of what I'm talking about). Try to make the box as small as possible but size doesn't really matter. Good luck and I will be trying to make one too so I will post my progress as updates to this thread. Thanks.
Posted by jollex 7 years ago
Most puzzles on instructables that I've found have been common 3x3x3's, and maybe a magnetic 2x2x2 :):) (courtesy of burzvingion). Does anybody know that there are like... BILLIONS of other types of twisty puzzles? I'll upload some pics of examples. any questions of what they are and I'll answer them.
Posted by super_genius 10 years ago
What are your thoughts about puzzle boxes? Do you like them, what do you think is important in one, the looks, the mechanism, the amount of moves, innovative tricks and moves, the type of wood, the size, etc. What are your general thoughts about them, what do know about the inside of them (how there build, etc)??? What is a puzzle box A puzzle box is a box that requires certain moves/tricks to open it, you could say it's somewhat like a safe. Normally these moves a very hard to see and even harder to know. These things are like the improved version of a secret compartment. In my opinion a puzzle box should at least have 8 moves. Some puzzle boxes have secret compartments. I think Puzzle boxes a awesome and I prefer High number moves boxes with innovative tricks. That's why I'm making a guide about making them, click here to see my guide. But Now I wanna know what you think about, so please tell me everything
Posted by D_zeno 8 years ago
Has anybody ever solved a square-1 or other shape shifting puzzles? I am considering making a Square-1 tutorial, but was wondering how many people knew they existed or had them.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Square_One_(puzzle) - is a wikepedia description
Posted by Does Not Compute 9 years ago
A lady was pushing her car when she suddenly got sent to jail. how is this possible? some extra hints: she hasnt done anything wrong in her life she wasnt causing a distraction she wasnt doing anything offensive congratulations to lithium rain for getting the correct answer first!!!
Posted by slithien plus 7 years ago
Here the puzzle:[img]http://img247.imageshack.us/img247/6384/newyearpuzzlecj7.gif[/img]Questions: Imagine that you have the layouts of 4 coloured cubes(ABOVE), named A, B, C and D. When the cubes are placed in (alphabetical) order in a straight line, and it is viewed from any horizontal or vertical position (front, back, top, bottom, left, right), there are always four different colours seen.Given that when I pick a corner of A, the 3 sides connected to it read "653", find the same orientation of B, C and D as 1 string of numbers. For example, "152421563".
Posted by bigmoney 10 years ago
KenKen is a new kind of logic puzzle from Japan by Tetsuya Miyamoto, who thought people were being failed by conventional methods of teaching. This is set to be the next sudoku The instructions are simple. These are for the puzzle in the second picture. All digits from 1 to 4 must be used in every row and column (no diagonals). The thick lined box has the target number for the values to reach in the thick box - one digit for a normal box. the symbol next to the value required is the only mathematical function you can use. Thick boxes that take up one normal box and have a a value - well, that value goes in that box. rules may differ slightly answers in picture 3
Posted by ti112 10 years ago
In another year or so we're hoping to buy an "investment opportunity" house and, as we're fixing it up, I would LOVE to add a house-wide puzzle leading to a final prize. Ideally the mystery would start with seemingly decorative scrabble tiles in the guest bathroom and take the players all over the house and garden. I'd love for it to have three or four tracks that all need to be solved to get to the final prize, that way we can do them in installments (get track 1 up and running, then 2, etc) so friends can start playing sooner rather than later. I'd also love at least two of the tracks to use only stuff that'll go with the house when sold, like the cabinets, garden rocks, etc, so that the next owners can continue the game. I've started collecting ideas and would love to hear more. The only limit is to please keep your ideas doable - while it would be fantastic to, say, have a wall slide away to reveal a secret underground cave I'm not so certain we can dig one of those out in our spare time. Inspiration for all this comes mainly from the Myst games (ah, Riven, how I loved thee!) and this puzzle apartment in New York.
Posted by kitnrose 8 years ago
My step-son made this awesome puzzle for me. He knows how much I like Instructables so this was one of the gifts he made for me. Everyone knows that a hand-made gift is best. And one hand-made by a loved-one even better. But one that also includes the Instructables robot? He gets points for paying attention to my hobbies!
Posted by zieak 7 years ago
Lkrasnow is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:Precision Puzzlemaking Primer -- Volume 1.This is a forum post created by Instructables on behalf of the finalist. Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Check out all the finalists in the [https://www.instructables.com/forum/TWCE07AF3SYTJXT/ master list] or in the Laser Cutter Finalists Group! comment by Lee Krasnow (7 July, 2007)Hey it looks like I can edit this thing... well anyhow I just wanted to say thanks to those people who picked me as a finalist. I added a few pictures to this page -- a selection of some puzzles that I made a number of years ago on a laser cutter. If I win this contest, I'll put puzzles like these back into production. I will also use it extensively for making jigs and cutting fixtures for other puzzles.
Posted by lkrasnow 11 years ago
I realise that this might seem like it doesn't have a lot of practical applications but I am trying to replicate a typical puzzle from video games, the 'Fuse Box Puzzle' whereby the lights are off and the hero must solve a puzzle replacing the fuses to illuminate the room. I have an LE A60 B22 LED bulb which is controlled by a remote control and I would like to create something similar to the attached image whereby the three fuses must be inserted and the switch thrown to light the room. I would rather not install an actual fuse box for this however and would like this to control only the LED bulb. Does anyone have any idea where I should start with this?
Posted by GazzHayes 2 years ago
Here's a puzzle I came across recently. I've changed the context to stop people googling the answer :- A big ginger tom-cat leaves his home at 8:00 one morning and goes trundling around the neighbourhood, pausing here and there to 'leave his calling-card', stopping for a brief nap or two in a particularly warm spot, walking along fences, running through unfriendly gardens (woof woof) and finding a warm car bonnet in a garage at 6:00 in the evening for a rest. Unfortunately, the owner shuts the garage door and the cat is trapped for the night. At 8:00 the next morning the garage door opens and the cat comes scooting out. Over the course of the day he takes the exact same path he took the day before but in reverse. He stops in different places, makes his mark in other places and takes his naps at different places along the way, arriving back at his own house at 6:00 in the evening for a well deserved meal. The question :- What is the likelihood that there will be a time and place along the route where he is at EXACTLY the same point on the route at EXACTLY the same time of day on both days?
Posted by AndyGadget 7 years ago
All right everybody so I'm going tp post a little brain puzzle. The first one to get it will get followed by me. (NOTICE: PM me the answer,if you leave a comment it has a chance to be stolen.) Puzzle: 3 men enter a steam room at a gyn. One of the men is carrying a thermos,the other a towel,and the third a water bottle. After 10 minutes later and the steam clearing away two of the men find that the other is dead. WHO KILLED THE MAN. After somebody has given me the answer I will post the correct answer in a edit of this forum. Good luck.
Posted by didexo 6 years ago
BOUNCEBOUNCEBOUNCE [download] BOUNCE is an original 2D platform style game built in Java. The game incorporates game elements like destructible terrain, 3rd person shooting, and puzzles, to provide an experience similar to such games as Mario and Minecraft. You, a lone circle in a world of squares, must make your way through 50 levels to save the galaxy from destruction. Along the way, you'll face laser shooting robots, parkour puzzles, and fire-breathing dragons. More information available at http://www.java-gaming.org/topics/iconified/27023/view.html.
Posted by supercapacitor 4 years ago
Ok guys n gals, I felt good enough this morning to wade through my email, and I found the latest Jameco Puzzler, just waiting for me. I puzzled over this for about 3 minutes, and then guessed and low and behold.......(see the figure below) So anyways, HERE is the puzzler, make a guess before looking at the answer :-)This is NOT a contest, have fun with it....for those that have electronics background, think about it for a bit, remember how an opamp works, and you should be able to get it right on the first guess. Above all though, have fun with it.
Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago
Hey y'all! So I need a bit of help here. I just finished this puzzle and I want to frame it (something I've never done before). I've looked around here and there aren't any frames that would fit a 20.5 inch X 28.5 inch puzzle. I refuse to pay the outrageous costs of custom framing, so unless something magically pops up, I will be building a frame for it. Building frames, building anything for that matter, is not my fortay and I would appreciate any and all tips y'all can provide. Thanks!!
Posted by Stercus Fit 10 years ago
Dear Robot,When I log onto the internet, it is my habit to first check my emails, including working down the list of comments in my daily alert from Instructables.I know you put the emails together, but what is your logic?The reason I ask is because the messages are not in chronological order, nor are they in reverse chronological order. They are in some sort of random order. For instance, there were three comments from one thread. They were made one after the other, each a reply to the one before, within a couple of minutes.Yet they arrived in my alert 2nd message, then third, then first, with other messages from other threads, posted hours apart, interspersed between them.It's not a life-threatening situation, but it is one of life's little puzzles.
Posted by Kiteman 10 years ago
Hi Everyone,I use a 12" powerbook g4 as a wireless adaptor for my xbox 360 (as shown here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Use-your-laptop-as-an-XboxXbox-360-wireless-adap/). I would like to use Connect360 (nullriver.com/products/connect360) to stream music and movies from my current computer onto the xbox 360. However, connect360 cannot see my xbox 360, and I suspect that is because it looks like a powerbook on the network, not an xbox 360, because it is using the powerbook's network connection. Is there anything i can do about this? This seemed like enough of a tweaking/hacking how-to that someone here might like to try it, or at least have ideas of how to go about it.Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Posted by JimiHeffernan 9 years ago
I've just gained my most unexpected Twitter follower to date: Elizabeth Emanuel, co-designer of Princess Diana's wedding dress. Now, I'm not complaining about her following me, I'm just puzzled about why. I'm not exactly known for my fashion sense. Any ideas? My Twitter. Her Twitter.
Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago
You may have seen that Google has a crop-circle theme today, with a hovering UFO. The "l" is missing (even from the name of the image-file). A while ago, an "o" was kidnapped by a very similar UFO. Do the artists at Google know something we don't...? What letter is next?
Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago
Two people posted an ad on my instructable and when I asked one person to delete it they posted another ad and argued with me about it not being spam. Can someone please help me get rid of those comments? Link to Instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/Paper-Diamond-Puzzle-Sketchbook/
Posted by dombeef 7 years ago
I'm having a hard time finding parts like these - is anyone aware of an RGB LED capacitive touch button? Preferably with the light and the touch sensor separate (DPDT-type, perhaps?). I'm looking to make a physical prototype of a mobile puzzle game I'm working on, and this would be an ideal input method. Thanks! -Jesse
Posted by xepherys 3 years ago
There are 5 houses each with a different color. Their owners, each with a unique heritage, drinks a certain type of beverage, smokes a certain brand of cigarette, and keep acertain variety of pet. None of the owners have the same pet, smoke the same brand of cigarette or drink the same beverage.The Brit lives in the red house.The Swede keeps dogs as pets.The Dane drinks tea.The green house is just to the left of the white house.The green house's owner drinks coffee.The person who smokes Pall Malls raises birds.The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.The man living in the center house drinks milk.The Norwegian lives in the first house.The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.The man who keeps a horse lives next to the man who smokes Dunhill.The owner who smokes Bluemasters also drinks beer.The German smokes Prince.The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.Who owns the fish?You may now thank me for ruining your holiday.Here's what I have:Yellow-norwigian-DunhillBlue-horse-water-German?-Prince? Red-Brit-milk-BlendsGreen-Coffee-cats-German?-Prince?White-swede-Bluemasters-beer.I got the colors, and maybe a few other things, but it gets mucky after that. I think it is the Brit, but my friend says it's the German.
Posted by Spl1nt3rC3ll 10 years ago
I cannot copy and paste on this site. I noticed this when replying to a comment to one of my Instruactables: Knex 'Puzzle' Ball lift. (now I need to manually type the URL) https://www.instructables.com/id/Knex-ball-lift/ I am using Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7. EDIT I have swapped to Google Chrome and I do not have the problem.
Posted by mathsboy314 2 years ago
The Eyewriter 2.0 Urban Survival Kit Emergency Rescue Gun 3D Paper Snowflake Magic Photo Cube Adjustable TV Oscilloscope Eggnog Recipe Schoolhouse Rocks Recycled Lumber Sidewalk Utensils for Kids Tricky Wine Bottle Puzzle Daily Gift Giveaways Featured Author: caitlinsdad Adult Johnny Jumper
Posted by randofo 7 years ago
My mums iron broke and she was going to throw it away but i took it apart and salvaged its innards i got: Some valves Varying gauges of wire Some plastic tubing More valves and a sort of sensor that tells if it is upright or flat, does anyone know exactly what it is or what i could use it for? Thanks :D
Posted by =SMART= 10 years ago
I have a CD by the artist Styx. The album is called Paradise Theater. Read this confusing puzzle thingy:A.D. 1928 = Rockin the Paradise introA.D. 1928 = The Best of Times introA.D. 1958 = Variation of A.D. 28A.D. 1958 = Outro to Half penny, Two penny.??? Why ???
Posted by Flumpkins 9 years ago
I'm having a little trouble figuring out what this little fellow is. I recently got a grab bag of components and so far only two have puzzled me, this is one. I'm really just not sure how to identify it so if someone would be kind enough to help out it would be greatly appreciated. markings: (symbol looks like ti maybe) 8432 el salvadore 660570 61047
Posted by chandlerman 9 years ago
So for awhile now I've wanted to make the batman grapple gun with all the features, including the ability to pull you up after the rope is launched. The only piece of the puzzle i need help on is finding the right motor to use in my project. In a Colin Furze video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arbNxONg88c) he used a drill motor but it was almost to slow, any thoughts from anyone?
Posted by noahdye 2 years ago
I am looking for a secret "latch" to open/close a bookcase that covers a hidden door. There are some nice electromagnet types but they are expensive and need power. Any ideas on a "Chinese puzzle" type of thing where you move a couple of things and it opens? I don't want the classic horror movie things like move a book, lever or statue 'cause that's the first thing someone would try. Just fishing for ideas!
Posted by Greenehouse 10 years ago
Bacon Jalapeno Poppers Lady Gaga Hairdo DIY Diamond Ring Amazing Tesla CD Turbine Yip Yip Costume Glowing Birdcage Necklace 5 Vinegar Secrets Cloth-Covered Cables English Breakfast Pizza LED Plant Growth Light Wooden Puzzle Cube RFID Projects DIY Barbecue Vodka Infused Gummis Low Carb Pizza
Posted by randofo 8 years ago
This is an issue that has always puzzled me, and more recently affected me. And it is entirely based on the phenomenon of an old forum topic being suddenly and randomly restored to the front of the board after an extended vacation to the back of the list. My topic, "Facebook for Nerds" has been one of the recent reincarnations to be affected and no matter how much it pleases me that someone new felt a need to comment on my original post, It begs the question of "why now" and "why this one"?
Posted by Bigev 8 years ago
Antique Bicycle Human Sonar The Linear Clock Learn Business Card Throwing DIY Gorilla Pod Make Whimsical Furniture Kids Riding Crane Gourmet Chocolate Truffles Kill Bedbugs With Christmas Lights Instant Limoncello Cardboard Cryptex Vault $3 Xbox Kinect TV Mount Remove Vinyl Tiles With Dry Ice Challenging Bolt Puzzle Build a Printing Press
Posted by randofo 7 years ago
On March 5th at the New England Aquarium octopus exhibit, a 7-foot long giant Pacific octopus climbed inside of a 15 inch-inch-wide box. The box was part of a set of acrylic puzzles that the aquarium uses to challenge the octopi during feeding time to keep them stimulated. Normally, the octopus opens the boxes sequentially to solve the puzzle and get its dinner. Last week however, the octopus found a crack in the largest box and rather than opening it, decided that it would crawl right inside.Aquarist Bill Murphy elaborates...What are the boxes made out of?The boxes are made of acrylic and were created by one of our long time volunteers in the fishes department.How many boxes are there?There are 3 different size boxes with different locks that are puzzles for the octopus to open.How do they work?I place one or two live crabs inside the box and the octopus has to learn how to open the box to get the food. I start the octopus off with the small box and once he has mastered the lock I switch to another box and once he has mastered each individual box I put a box inside a box to keep him active and challenged.What happened today?The largest box was actually broken by another octopus here at the aquarium three years ago so today the octopus decided to go through that broken opening instead of unlocking the large outside box to get to smaller box inside with the live crabs. This is the first time it has been witnessed here at the aquarium because they don't always open the box immediately and will wait till the night when they are more active to hunt for food. It's been a very fun occasion for visitors and staff!If octopi could live longer on land, we'd be their slaves for sure.Via New England Aquarium
Posted by noahw 9 years ago
I decided to try ubuntu on the p2, and each time I tried to install it, it got up to the root file system mount process, it stalls out, on both the 6.06 and 7.04 version. Now I can't even boot off the cd, it just fails at the cd boot and gives me a "Not found any [active partition] in HDD" then says " Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" I found this rather puzzleing as I just formated the disk on another computer and it's fine.
Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago
I am planning and researching ideas on creating a DIY digital shower system. The idea is to have an android device (Tablet, or old galaxy SII phone for now) installed along with an ardruino or some hardware interface to control the plumbing. I would also like to use the android device for music weather etc. in the shower, but all that is built in. The only puzzle with the android device is getting it to interface with the hardware, and waterproofing it while still keeping the touchscreen functionality. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted by mbarndt 6 years ago
Apparently, swallowtail butterflies have posed a bit of a puzzle to the sort of chap that studies that sort of thing. Butterflies actually have two pairs of wings - fore and aft, if you like. Most butterflies have these pairs separated, to allow greater control over their flight, but swallowtail wings overlap, effectively becoming a single wing. They are stuck with a simple up-and-down flap. The puzzle was; where does the control come from. It is hard to measure the forces acting on and in a live butterfly, so the researchers built a model - a small version of the hobbyists rubber-powered ornithopter, the same size and weight of a real swallowtail. They cast replica wings from fluorocarbons and polyurethane, and set it off in front of slow-motion video cameras. The conclusion? The unique shape of the wing provides automatic control - the combination of flexibility of the wing and the rigidity of the veins provide a passive control and stability. The point? Why am I posting this here? As a challenge: the swallowtail ornithopter was (except for the wings), very basic - wire frame and a rubber band. How small could such an aircraft go? How tiny could you, dear reader, build a working ornithopter? Institute of Physics article. (Free registration required to read it in full, if you are quick)
Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago
Let's say that you have an idea for making a videogame. You are good with 3D software, designing, game flow, you are creative, and you are a programming GOD. What woud you dream game be? Would it be a simple arcade or a puzzle game? Or would it be a complex RPG or action game? Would it have a story? Are you even working on it now? Do you have artwork or ideas you wish to share? Remember-it is your dream game. It's whatever you want it to be.
Posted by MattGyver92 9 years ago
Hi im new here How do i build a fibreglass skateboard, im puzzled because they are just one peice. Are they injection moulded, or made in 2 halves and glued together, i understand you can place some plywood in the core to stiffen it. Also how is it coloured, if i want to make a blue one, is the first layer of fibreglass blue, or is it painted with an airbrush on completion, what sort of paint would be used and tough enough Many Thank - K
Posted by kc6666 8 years ago
I watch these magnificent programs about the universe, so wonderfully explained by Morgan Freeman. I am puzzled with one question. How can the science predict the size of our galaxy in somewhat vivid details? So, here is my analogy. With the space technology at hand, taking a picture of our own galaxy is the same as taking a picture of the Empire State building from one of its balconies. Can someone please elaborate on this subject. Thank you.
Posted by kabira 5 years ago