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17x17x17 Rubik’s Cube: *Head Asplodes*

by Paul Strauss

Ok, I thought those 5×5, 6×6 and 7×7 Rubik’s Cubes looked difficult, but this (unofficial) World Record 17x17x17 version has truly made my head spin.

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Using 3D printing technology, puzzle-maker Oskar van Deventer managed to create this insanely complex version of the cube.  Oskar assembled the cube from 1539 individually dyed pieces, resulting in this oversize 5.5″ cube. I can’t imagine how anyone could solve this thing, but now that it actually exists, where there’s a will there’s a way, right? I guess there’s the possibility that Oskar could could spend the next few years of his life trying to sort it out.

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And since the design has actually been turned into a digital format, you can print one for yourself – for the low, low price of $2006.54 (USD). Unless I can rearrange the stickers to solve it, no thanks.

[via Shapeways via adafruit industries]




Comments (5):

  1. Federico Abad says:

    A 17x17x17 rubiks cube is not more difficult than a 5x5x5 or 7x7x7 or even 11x11x11. You use the same method but only takes more time.. like LOTS of time, a 5x5x5 average time is 5minutes, a 7x7x7 20 minutes, 11x11x11 1 hour. So imagine the 17x17x17 would take lots of time.. maybe 3 hours or more.. but it has the same difficult…

    Sorry for my english im from Argentina :)

    • Technabob says:

      I suppose you’re right, it’s just that a mistake made during solving a 3x3x3 cube can be easily corrected, but if you make a mistake on a bigger cube, you could add hours to your solving time.

      Personally, I’m no puzzle-solving expert and never solved anything bigger than the original Rubik’s Cube.

    • That Guy says:

      This cube would actually take very little energy or focus to solve. There are no edge or corner colors, so the most time consuming portion of a large-cube solve — solving permutation and orientation of edge groups — simply isn’t needed for a cube like this.

      It’s very impressive that he was able to make a physical build of this cube, but from a solver’s perspective there isn’t really much to this thing. :-)

  2. Tuomas says:

    Due to the fact, that this cube has no dyed edges or corners, you only have to do the first step: solving the centers. But still, because the centers would be 15×15 and the turning quality is, as you would expect, awefull. So solving this is not impossible, but it would take several hours. This means more than 3!!! Maby 30! One turn takes like minute to make! Watch the video from oscar van deventer.

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