11x11x11 Rubik's Cube

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Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
Tony Fisher & Friend's 11x11x11 Rubik's Cube
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Written December 2009-
This is a fully functional 11x11x11 puzzle. Unlike my 9x9x9 it is not a hoax, it's 100% real. It was made for personal use only and is therefore legal in my country.
Early in 2009 I had a couple of chances to obtain a Petaminx but really wasn't that bothered. That made me think about what I personally want out of puzzles nowadays. For 28 years I have enjoyed making my own but for quite a while now I have had little interest in actually solving them. The only ones that have really excited me have been the factory made 6x6x6 and 7x7x7 V-Cubes. I actually wanted to solve these.
So rather than a Petaminx I started to think about higher order NxNxN puzzles. (some of this will sound like my fake 9x9x9 post on the twistypuzzles forum but this time it's for real). There seemed no point in making one that would soon be released and figured an official 9x9x9 wasn't too far away. I rejected an 8x8x8 and 10x10x10 since they would be more difficult to make and potentially have the same problems the 6x6x6 has. This is due to the hidden internal parts on all 'even' V-Cube designs. So the logical one would be an 11x11x11. This would still have less parts than a Petaminx so should certainly be possible. I knew making such a puzzle would be controversial since it would largely (90%) be based on the protected V-Cubes design. Jumping to the patent free 13x13x13 just seemed too ambitious though.
Unlike most of my puzzles it was made using CAD, 3d printing and then regular casting. I first contacted a friend of mine to do the CAD. The files were 3d printed by another friend. At this time neither wishes to be named. A fully printed test version was made (see last two photos). This was not to be the final puzzle though. I hate white plastic and I am not a fan of the finish you get on printed puzzles. So I spent 140 hours smoothing a set of masters, making moulds, casting the parts and hand making the 726 stickers which were superglued on. Non stickered assemblies of the puzzle took around 90 minutes.
Quality is just about acceptable considering it's an 11x11x11 but it isn't exactly fun to play with as you can tell from the video. I must take the blame for the lack of quality since the other two members of the group did there part without fault.
Thanks to Leslie Le for use of his video within mine. He had no involvement in this project.
News:
In 2014 it was announced that a 13x13x13 Rubik's cube would be mass produced by Moyu. At time of writing it is not yet available but when it is you will be able to buy it here.