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A magic folding cube - also known as promotion or merchandising cube - build with Lego parts and fully functional.
About this creation
After some other 3D Lego Puzzles I had the idea to build a "magic folding cube". Cubes like this are often used for promotional or merchandising purposes. I have a picture cube from the first "Lord of the Rings" movie which works the same way. It's not really a puzzle when you play with it, but it was a puzzle to build ;-)).

The idea was to build it as small as possible with an edge length of two studs for the eight "sub cubes". The only possible hinges for such a cube were 1x4 / 2x2 hinge plates. I analysed the position of the hinges on my picture cube and tried to transform them into a working Lego model. I tried a lot of SNOT elements which all didn't work. Then Lego released a new inverted 1x2 / 2x2 SNOT bracket and the folding cube worked with it ;-)).

I wanted to put a black and white "checkered" pattern on the cube, just like I had done with my Soma Cube before. But the brackets only existed in black, grey and red, so I chose a black and red pattern instead. For that I seperated the hinge plates and recombined them.

This is the result:



A complete folding sequence:
You can go on and on and on ...

The "snake" of cube segments:


So this is my magic Lego folding cube.
I hope you like it :-))


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

Nils O.
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Kevin Yoo
  July 25, 2017
Great work! This must have been tricky to get right.
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  July 25, 2017
Quoting Henrik Hoexbroe This is pretty clever!
Thanks! It was quite tricky to make it work in this small scale. It didn't work until Lego released the 1x2/2x2 inverted SNOT brackets.
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  July 16, 2017
This is pretty clever!
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  August 3, 2016
Very cool!
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  November 3, 2015
Amazing and looks fun to play with :)
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  June 16, 2015
Cool! I might make one for myself...
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  February 24, 2015
Impressive engineering feat, Nils. The presentation earns top marks for showing not only what eventually worked but also what didn't work along the way.
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  July 5, 2014
Cool! Very original idea, and well done too :-)
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  June 23, 2014
Wow, what a great idea, and very well executed. Really "ingeniös"! ;-)
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  June 22, 2014
Great work of Lego creationism!
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  June 6, 2014
Now THAT is cool!
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  June 3, 2014
That's awesome!!
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  June 2, 2014
Wow, that's pretty cool pal! :)
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  June 2, 2014
Now that looks like something I need on my desk. Fun stuff!
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  June 2, 2014
I used to have one of those but it wasn't LEGO! Nice job!
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  June 2, 2014
Very clever.
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  June 1, 2014
This is so cool! I'm going to have to build one of these myself!
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  June 1, 2014
Clever.
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  June 1, 2014
Superb job!! I really love this idea! the "lego engineering" behind is immense! 8-) 5/5
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  June 1, 2014
You have here a really intresting game made of LEGO, it's awsome, great work!
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  June 1, 2014
Wow! What a unique and wonderful MOC.
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  June 1, 2014
Mind-bendingly good fun, and built perfectly.
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  June 1, 2014
Very cool idea. I wouldn't have thought something like this could work so smoothly in the brick!
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  June 1, 2014
Nice work!
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  June 1, 2014
This is very cool. Another unique build from you.
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  June 1, 2014
Hey Nils! Nice cube dude! Errr, I meant: Nice cube, dude! ; p
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  June 1, 2014
Haha! Great for me. I have fiddly fingers. ^_^
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  June 1, 2014
Fascinating! :)
Nils O.
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Lego Jim ....
  May 31, 2014
Dude. This is so cool. I love it. I totally gotta make one.
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  May 31, 2014
Wow! Great Job! It looks like a Rubik game :D (http://eu.rubiks.com)
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  May 31, 2014
Ha ha ha, this is just the best. I want one
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  May 31, 2014
Very neat!
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  May 31, 2014
That is really nifty idea! Awesome
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  May 31, 2014
That's a great idea...taken a few notches up, it could be a rubik's-cube-like thing. :P
 
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