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Students, faculty, staff, families, children, alumni, and other visitors to the University of Michigan all make a point to visit the Endover Cube on Central Campus because it is an iconic tradition to spin and enjoy. North Campus does not have an iconic landmark that people come back to see and interact with. This project team hopes to fill this void with a mechanical art piece that draws inspiration from the Cube, while adding an engineering twist. The design task is to build a giant, fully functional, human-solvable Rubik’s cube art piece to be installed on North Campus. The project consists of two phases: (1) prototyping for functionality, material selection, and manufacturing plans (completed during Fall semester 2014), and (2) building the full size Rubik’s cube art piece (to be completed during Winter semester 2015). We hope to see generations of Michigan engineers collaborating to solve the University’s largest puzzle.

  • Our poster from the Winter 2015 MDP Design Expo. We presented our work from the second phase of the project, done through ME 490.
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  • Our poster from the Fall 2014 MDP Design Expo. We presented our work from the first phase of the project, done through ME 450.
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  • Our journal-style report detailing the first phase of the project.
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  • Additional renderings and figures.
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    Rendering of (nearly) finalized Rubik's Cube CAD model with colored panels removed.
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    The Rubik's Cube Team at the Fall 2014 MDP Design Expo
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Mechanical Engineering, Architecture, Interaction Design

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