Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3x3x6 Cuboid

The 3x3x6 Cuboid is a twisty puzzle where, due to its cuboid shape, the side faces can only be turned 180°. Well, actually you can turn them 90° also (and anything in between) but if you want to do any other turns, 180° is the go. This makes for a different movement of pieces than we see on the Rubiks cube.


The Basic Plot
  1. Solve the inner layers as a 3x3x2.
  2. Solve the 2nd and 5th layers as a 3x3x2.
  3. Solve the outer layers as a 3x3x2.
Step 1: Solve Inner Layers

The first step is to solve the middle two layers as a 3x3x2, ignoring everything else. For full details on this, see the 3x3x2 tutorial.


Start with the edges. Next, complete the corners.


If you need to swap two corners, use the same technique as for the 3x3x2.

This video will remind you.





Step 2: Solve 2nd and 5th Layers

Now that the 3rd and 4th layers are solved, we can essentially "forget" about them and solve the 2nd and 5th layers as if they were the top and bottom faces of a 3x3x4.


First, solve the edges using the edge piece series.


Next, solve the corners using the corner piece series.






Step 3: Solve Outer Layers

Now that the 4 middle layers are solved, we can essentially "forget" about them and solve the outer layers as if they were the top and bottom faces of a 3x3x4.


First, solve the edges using the edge piece series.


Next, solve the corners using the corner piece series.




And that's it. Your 3x3x6 Cuboid is now solved. I trust this site has been helpful. If you have any questions or want some clarifications, please use the comments to do so.


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