Saturday, March 9, 2013
Puzzle Overview: Moiré Maze
I've previously posted about the development of Moiré Maze so here's an overview of how it works as a puzzle. There are a few clues about its solution but no spoilers.
In Boston Subway it was sometimes difficult to locate the little silvery magnet because it reflected the same colors as the neutral mirror and irridescent sheets. I chose to use a bronze-colored mirror with Moiré Maze to enhance the contrast, so the silver magnet is easier to distinguish against the bronze-tinted background.
As a final touch I gave Moiré Maze a built-in stand that secures the layers and holds the puzzle at a convenient slope for playing. Initially I'd planned to make the stand with laser-cut acrylic like the rest of the puzzle, but after some experimentation I substituted dark-blue pieces 3D-printed from my SD300 because the PVC material is so resilient that it can squeeze the acrylic sheets tightly together. If I had made those piece of acrylic, then the stand's outer pieces would be strained in tension and would thus be vulnerable to breakage--acrylic tends to fracture under stress.