Thursday, April 30, 2009

4x4x4 version 1.0

Model Link

Finally finished a 4x4x4 cube, but the experience taught me all new and improved sketchup skills that make me want to start all over. So I did, but I decided to finish this one first.

Because I actually got this cube with the intent of putting it on sketchup I figured the package might be fun to do too. I'll have a more detailed exploded view when I finish version 2. Then I guess I'll go get a 5x5x5.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Imitation is a form of flattery

Even if I wasn't the inspiration I am not longer the only Rubik's cube on 3D Warehouse with internal components. Clicking on the picture will take you to the model.

It's pretty good too. This guy left the piece's more open, like what you'd find if you cracked open a cube. I presume they do that to save plastic. I've thought about changing mine, or making an alternative cube that has this too.

My only complaint is that his is not to scale. It measure's 1' 9" across. No big deal, there is not much on sketchup to scale.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Back to Rubik's Cubes

I had so much fun making different exploded views of my 3x3x3 Rubik's cube I decided to go back and do the same thing to my 2x2x2.

The elusive interior workings of a 2x2x2.

And it wouldn't be completer without an extreme exploded view.

It would be cool if others made different views that were interesting to them, or better yet animations. I haven't mastered animations quite yet.

Link to the Sketchup Model.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

More Detailed Sketchup Cube

Now that Sketchup 7 is out I've been looking for an excuse to play around and see what it can do. What better model to use than my Sketchup masterpiece, the detailed Rubik's Cube.

Like the original it has all the internal parts, but I dubbed it the "more detailed" cube because it even has the screw that holds the center pieces on to the axles.

This new cube also has a couple of different exploded views.

Link to this Sketchup Model.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Signs of a bad economy

I keep hearing how bad the economy is, but I have yet to really see it until today. I got an email from my bank that said this.

Dear James,
Customer Number:
This is a notification that a large purchase was made using your Electric Orange Card that exceeds your designated amount. Here are the transaction details:
Date: 01/30/2009
Merchant: SUBWAY #1273
$ Amount: $1.06
If you did authorize this transaction and are aware of it, then this is just a friendly reminder.

If you didn't authorize this transaction, please login to and click on your Electric Orange to view all your account details. Then click on this transaction to review all the related information.
This security email was sent because you elected to receive an Email Notification any time a large dollar transaction is processed using your Electric Orange card. This adds to the safety and security of your account. You can review and change your Email Notification settings at any time by logging into your account at
and clicking on the 'Preferences' tab.
Really? A dollar six is considered a large purchase now? I know you guys had to lay off some people ING, but I don't think a dollar is worth added precautions.

Edit: for the record I don't even have a designated amount set to send me an email.