Puzzle Bear Re-Introduces Kids to the Rubik’s Cube
The Ozo bear is an adorable and elegant project you can do yourself
If you’ve picked up a Rubik’s Cube recently and aren’t a logical genius (who is?), you’ve probably realized that they’re not just for kids. In fact, depending on the size of the cube you’re trying to solve, they can be incredibly hard! But they’re a great educational toy for kids, and they help develop many mental faculties that are useful down the line in the all-important STEM careers. So what better than to introduce the Cube to children so they can get used to that kind of problem solving—not to mention in an incredibly cute, 3D-printed package?
The structure of the Bear consists of body parts surrounded by a central pin. Carrillo says he printed these components separately from each other. Users with different 3D printers may need to print the pin in two different versions provided by Carrillo, depending on the type of printer and filament you have. Since the pieces have to move smoothly against each other, he cautions that deburring may be required.
For a full-stack project that will educate both you and a special child in your life, you can’t go wrong with the Ozo bear.
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