Both Simon and I are massive puzzle fans and we are both back from IPP 34 or, to give it it’s full name, the 34th International Puzzle Party. This year over 200 puzzlers from around the world descended on a Hotel in Heathrow to puzzle and party
This year our THREEDYs supported us more than ever. We gave a talk on 3D printing puzzles at home and produced over 750 puzzles for the event or, to put it another way, over 3,300 printed pieces. Phewww!
In this post we are just giving a quick overview but we will back to share more details on these puzzles.
To tie in with the theme of the IPP34 London Logo we printed well over 200 London Lines puzzles which Laurie Brokenshire gave as the Host Gift for IPP. Five of the pieces were engraved with part of the IPP Logo and the sixth was personalised with each attendees initials.
These were fun prints to do with typically 48 pieces being printed at a time – a very crowded bed!
My Exchange Puzzle
Next up was my exchange puzzle. At an IPP each puzzler has the chance to bring 100 copies of a new puzzle they have designed and exchange them with 100 other puzzlers. A great way of getting 100 new puzzles!
My puzzle was a six piece burr puzzle printed in patriotic red, white and blue ABS plastic. Unlike many other puzzles of this type it was based around the triangular grid space and would be somewhat challenging to make using any other technique.
In addition to making my exchanges (as well as one or two extras!) my THREEDY printed lots of prototype designs during the design and development stages of my puzzle.
As well as making our own exchange puzzles this year we also printed “The Dot Box” for James Dalgety of the Puzzle Museum.
Making the dot box was a curious exercise. Despite helping with the design, printing and assembling the boxes and testing that each one opens and closes we still don’t know how it works!!!
Most of these puzzles were produced on a single THREEDY printer that at one stage ran for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for just over 3 weeks.
Simon’s Exchange Puzzle was “Two To Fold” Two identical pieces are used to make symmetrical 3D shape. An interesting puzzle not least because it falls into the folding AND interlocking categories.
The designing and manufacture of the puzzle is an interesting story in itself. One that Simon will no doubt post a blog entry on himself in due course.
Another massive highlight of an IPP is the Puzzle Party. We had a table this year and were selling our puzzles (and our printers).
I’m pictured here looking at the floor while Rox looks at the table. A real action shot!
It was an absolutely brilliant few days now all I need to do is figure out how I am going to get to the next one and which puzzles I’ll be printing before doing so!