Do you consider yourself a genius, able to solve all the sizes a Rubik’s cube comes in? Personally, solving the 3 x 3 x 3 cube is a huge feat for me. But for all those who don’t consider a conventional 9 x 9 x 9 cube a challenge anymore, Grégoire Pfennig has got you covered as he made the world’s largest Rubik’s cube.
“When I was 15, I discovered how to solve the Rubik’s Cube with the help of my friend, but after you solve it once, you know how to solve it every time so I wanted a new challenge, and every single cube on the market was the same solving experience as the regular Rubik’s cube,” Pfennig said “Online, I found that it was possible to design thing and get them 3D printed, so I tried making twisty puzzles, like the Rubik’s Cube, in order to have new challenges, and since that day I’ve created over 130 designs. As a child I always wanted to break a world record, so I figured there’s only one record I could with my skillset, and that’s the Rubik’s cube with the most layers ever made, so I went ahead and designed the 33 x 33 x 33, which turned out to be a success.”
The world’s largest Rubik’s cube is made up of 6,153 components connected together, giving rise to 17 layers of the cube from the center outwards. All these parts were 3D printed using an SLS machine and undertaken by Pfennig’s sponsor, 3D Print Fabriek. The huge puzzle was assembled and sorted and then cleaned afterward. Then began the arduous task of placing the stickers on each of the 6,534 faces.
It took Pfennig and his helpers 200 hours to assemble the world’s largest Rubik’s cube. This will take hundreds and hundreds of hours for the puzzle lovers out there to complete and they can order it online if they wish. It’s not as simple as buying a normal cube and costs a staggering $18,000 along with a 3-month wait while it gets 3D printed and assembled before making its way to you.
You can watch the cube being assembled in the video below: