3D puzzles are distinguished from traditional puzzles in that they are made up of a series of pieces that, when correctly joined, shape a three-dimensional model . But above all, 3D puzzles are games of skill to recompose a figure, combining pieces in different ways, in each of which there is a part of that figure.
The pieces of these puzzles sometimes have on one or both sides an adhered fragment of the image of the represented motif (the facade of a building, a map, the surface of any other object, etc …). When the pieces are correctly assembled, they will form a stable three-dimensional structure.
Three-dimensional puzzles can be of several types, among the most popular are:
The models of 3D puzzles with flat faces
Their pieces are usually molded in plastic foam, wood or metal, equipped with a certain flexibility. They have a certain thickness to ensure that the pieces are locked together with sufficient strength. These types of puzzles form surprising objects that can have characteristics such as lighting, sounds, articulation, etc.
The models of spherical puzzles
Spherical models or rounded pieces are very similar to traditional puzzles. They are usually molded in rigid plastic and their thickness is of the order of 1 millimeter. Thanks to the curvature and stability of its pieces, a perfect fit is achieved.
The sculpture puzzle models
These models are based on a base that serves as support to place the object to be built. These puzzles consist of stacking the pieces layer by layer until the three-dimensional object is constructed . Usually the pieces of the sculpture puzzles are made of cardboard and are numbered, so assembling the sculpture will not take you much effort. Generally, these types of puzzles are intended for the construction of sculptures such as busts, monuments, torsos, etc. Dare to paint them and color them with brush and paint once you finish them. These puzzles are suitable for all ages.
The models of magnetic cubes
They are complex puzzles with which you can create multiple flat images simultaneously by combining individual cubes. Thus, assembling and disassembling the cubes, images of all sides are achieved. One of the attractions of the magnetic cubic puzzles (magnetic puzzle cube) is that the cubes are magnetically attracted, which facilitates their assembly and handling since they do not fall. These magnetic cubic puzzles are suitable for all ages, and you can find them of different variants and difficulties.
On the other hand, rubik type cubes, tetris cubes and magnetic ball games, among others, would also be considered 3D puzzles or puzzles . Because they retain the essence of a puzzle or a puzzle. And in the same way, they are games of skill and patience that consist of composing a figure or an image combining their pieces correctly, in each of which there is a part of said figure or image.
Who invented the 3D Puzzle?
The history of modern three-dimensional puzzles dates back to 1991. They were invented by Paul Gallant , when he worked at the now known, Wrebbit company in Quebec (Canada). During the decade of 1990-2000, the commercialization of the three-dimensional puzzles led to a rapid growth of said company. The brand name created by Wrebbit, Puzz-3D became synonymous with three-dimensional puzzles around the world.