You Probably Won’t Live Long Enough To Solve The World’s Largest 22×22 Rubik’s Cube

You Probably Won’t Live Long Enough To Solve The World’s Largest 22×22 Rubik’s Cube
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The last time the folks at Coren Puzzle tried to solve their ludicrous 22×22 custom Rubik’s Cube, the whole thing exploded in their hands. But that was just a minor setback it seems, because they finally having a version that works perfectly — if you have the patience.

The number of possible ways this cube can be scrambled, thanks to it having 484 individual coloured squares on each face, is 4.3×10^1795. There doesn’t even appear to be a name for a number that large yet, although a number with 1794 zeros is known as a septenonagintaquingentillion — so close enough.

To put that in perspective, it took the team at Coren Puzzle over three hours just to rotate the 22×22 cube into a neat and tidy chequerboard pattern. Were it completely randomly scrambled into a rainbow mess, there’s no telling how many lifetimes would be needed to get each side back to a uniform colour.

What’s most impressive about this custom creation, though, is that it was made entirely (save for the coloured decals) using a consumer-grade 3D printer. And you can download the plans and 3D models to make one for yourself over on Thingiverse for free. You’ll just need another 22×22 Rubik’s Cube to help pass the time while you print its 2691 individual parts. [Thingiverse via YouTube]