Have you ever gotten yourself in that situation where you feel stuck and there isn't any way to get yourself out? Then you start thinking of more and more complicated solutions and when you are about to give up, you drop it off your head and a very simple solution just pop up when you are doing something that's totally unrelated.
Once I had that experience while working on a design. I had to fit multiple parts into a very tight area, so I start looking everywhere for smaller parts. After that has failed, I was thinking about building my own parts, and went even further to look for more advance materials like carbon fiber or titanium to make the parts even smaller. When I was researching online, I came across the turner's cube or the Cube In Cube. I was really curious about how they put those smaller cubes inside the bigger ones when the holes are obviously not big enough. I was hoping to find some advance technology behind the making of this cube and potentially solving my own problem. As it turns out, they didn't. The cube was actually made with nothing but an old simple lathe. This little ornament, however, still ended up giving the inspiration I needed to complete my work.
So how is it made?
If "how did they put the smaller cube inside?" is what you are thinking, then you will be surprised. It is made from a solid cube of brass with the same size as the outermost layer and carefully drilling it to a certain thickness. The process is then repeated 5 times on each of the faces. While the method is simple, the result is a marvelous looking Cube In Cube. The below video is a Cube In Cube being made with a CNC machine, but it is also possible to make with just a drill.
Turning in progress
What is it for?
Other than just looking marvelous on you desk, I want this to be the "reset" button for you. When you feel stuck with a problem, before you start looking for all those complicated solutions, put the Cube In Cube in your hands. Remember that even this very complex looking cube can be made by a simple drill. Then look back at your problem and try to keep everything simple.
Material & Sizes
All the Cube In Cube will be made in brass. Other than the fact that brass is a beautiful metal, the fact that it carries the oligodynamic effect also comes in handy. The oligodynamic effect is a biocidal effect of certain metals. In fact, Indian traditionally holds water in brass pitchers to prevents disease. So, whenever you pick up your Cube In Cube, you can do it knowing that it's germs free.
Cube In Cube will come in three different sizes:
- 20mm - 2 cubes in total, weight 24g
- 35mm - 3 cubes in total, weight 117g
- 45mm - 4 cubes in total, weight 230g
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Risks and challenges
The risk for this project is kept to minimal by using only one material for production. Brass is very easy to obtain with a stable price and the Cube in Cube is not difficult to produce.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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