Puzzle Master, Oskar specials

Arch Burr

Arch Burr is a six-piece burr, but not a regular one. Six bent pieces intersect each other at two different places. The object is to take the six pieces apart and then put them back together again. In the past, a metal version of the Arch Burr was produced by Bits and Pieces. This one however, has been made using a 3D printer by Oskar himself.

Abbott's 3D maze

The puzzle is a remake of a classic maze design by Robert Abbott. The puzzle is a 4x4x4 cube grid with holes between adjacent cells. The holes come in two sizes: small and large. The ball goes through large holes, but not through small ones. The ball starts at the marked cell in the corner. One of holes at the outside is a large one. This is where the ball exits. The brilliance of this classic Abbott design is that the maze has a whole bunch of interconnected loops. There is one place in the middle of the puzzle where one "inner" loop connects to an "outer" loop. It is very easy to miss this place and just keep wandering around.

Cubic Trisection

Cubic Trisection is a three-piece assembly puzzle, suggested by George Miller to Oskar van Deventer based on a idea by Robert Reid. George Miller protogyped the first version on his 3D printer in 2004. At that time, 3D printing was prohibitively expensive. This version was 3-D printed on Oskar's new Dutchy 3D printer. Each of the three pieces takes 2 hours and 13 minutes to print and 9.45 meters of PLA plastic filament. The material is translucent, which was chosen to highlight the inner 15% infill gyroid structure that makes the pieces rigid and robust, while light at the same time.


Four Knot

FourKnot is a five-piece assembly puzzle. The object is to put the pieces together, such that they form a continuous loop. The solution is a knot shape that has four crossings, according to knot theory. This makes it the second simplest knot. The knot pieces loop like rope with five stands. The piece are held together by ten 5x5x5-mm magnets. The puzzle is quite confusing. Other than making the knot, one can fold various rope shapes.

Designed by Oskar van Deventer and printed on his Dutchy 3-D printer using a material called
"3D-printed wood."


Fractal Megamaze

Fractal Megamaze is a dexterity maze that is based on the fractal "dragon curve".
The object is to remove the small 3-mm ball from out of the maze. The start and finish are the two corridors at the side and bottom of the maze. This puzzle was designed specifically for Puzzle Master by Oskar van Deventer and was printed on his Dutchy 3D printer.
The maze is a single 0.4mm layer of purple/lilac PLA plastic.
Topologically, it is a flat sheet. As the maze is 37 layers thick,
the 3-D printer had to solve the maze 37 times using the "right-hand rule."