The X-Cube is the spiritual successor to the Rubik’s Cube, and the project has met its $30,000 funding goal with about three weeks left to go in the campaign.
The project was launched by Illinois Institute of Technology student Dane Christianson, who launched Moving Parts LLC. in order to tackle the X-Cube project. He also has a blogspot blog.
Christianson explains some of the mind-bending facts about the puzzle…
The X-Cube has 52 moving parts, 102 stickers, and 125 decillion possible permutations.
That’s 125,486,757,308,950,508,983,252,156,416,000,000 (1.254×10^35) permutations! That’s over 2 quadrillion times more permutations than the original 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube for all you cube geeks, over 208 billion moles of permutations for all you chemistry geeks, and all you math geeks can check my math.
The coolest thing about this project is that there is a reward level (for 5 bucks) that allows a digital download of files needed to 3D print an X-Cube of your own.
Christianson explains that the project is fair game because Erno Rubik never obtained an American patent for the original Rubik’s Cube. Christianson has filed for a provisional patent for the X-Cube to protect himself.
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