Free mechanical 3D puzzles

By its definition puzzle represents a problem or situation that is difficult to understand and to solve. Puzzle is a very broad term that can occur in a form of question, game or a toy and it represents a mental challenge aimed to find the solution. Solving the puzzle is testing our knowledge, intelligence, capability, patience and ingenuity. Puzzles are often confusing and at first they offer an easy but false solution, so for the correct solution a man needs logical thinking and intelligence. In a form of toy, puzzles consist out of separated parts, its assemblage is complicated and requires logical thinking, intelligence and patience in order to put the parts together correctly. At a first glance, puzzles are fun and entertaining, but they often consist out of numerous mathematical and logistical problems, so by taking in consideration how many skills they require to be solved, they are an ideal educative tool that develops and sharpen the logical thinking.   

Puzzles exist for quite a long time throughout the history. It is not confirmed precisely in which period or which country the puzzles originated from. The oldest known mechanical puzzles came from the Greece in the 3rd Century B.C. They were consisting out of a square divided in 14 pieces, and the goal was to construct various shapes from those pieces. The ring puzzles were mentioned in China at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. For centuries, the wooden boxes with the secret opening mechanisms – and they can also be considered as puzzles – were used for safekeeping jewelry and other valuables. The wooden Jig-saw puzzle as we know it today is mentioned about the year 1760. Such a first puzzle was a map, made for educational purpose and each country represented one piece of puzzle. In the 18th Century the puzzles are mentioned in Japan, then the Tangram puzzle in China and shortly after they arrived in Europe and America. Today puzzles are an integral part of life of almost all people, even if we are often not aware of it, because the crosswords, dominoes, chess, Rubik's Cube, and even video games for mobile phones and various computer games fall under the puzzle category. There are many types of puzzles today. Based on the theme, solution methods, materials being used for puzzles or other characteristics of the puzzle itself, some of the basic puzzle types are: situation puzzles (lateral thinking puzzles), logic puzzles, paper-and-pencil puzzles, mathematical puzzles,  construction puzzles, wire puzzles, mechanical puzzles, dissection puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, lock puzzles, stick puzzles, sliding puzzles, tiling puzzles, disentanglement puzzles, folding puzzles, combination puzzles, tour puzzles, transport puzzles and many other types. Some of the puzzles even fall into several categories.  
About dissection puzzles Tangram puzzle plan Stomachion of Archimedes puzzle plan
About dissection puzzles Tangram puzzle plan Stomachion of Archimedes puzzle plan
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Pentomino puzzle plan Impossible area puzzle plan Haberdasher's problem puzzle plan
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Heart dissection puzzle plan + Puzzle box plan Rhombic blocks dissection puzzle plan Letter dissection puzzle plans
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More dissection puzzle plans Pentomino board game plan  

  Puzzles are equally attractive to both children and adults. To the children they are the perfect educational toy that can keep children's attention for a long time and strongly encourage mental and motor abilities development, and for the adults they are a quality pastime that can fully engage the brain and hands and this way help to relieve the stress, to exercise patience and sharpen the mind and concentration. Depending on the puzzle type and complexity it can be designed for one or more persons. The fact if the puzzle is considered to be simple or complex depends primarily on the ability of the person who is solving it. The puzzle type and complexity needs to be adjusted to the age and mental capacity of the person who solves it, while the simple puzzle will be uninteresting to the adult person and the complex puzzles that require complex skills will frustrate and not be pleasurable to the children and to the people that do not posses necessary skills. Successful solving of puzzle, which some person will evaluate as a difficult puzzle according to their capability, will have positive effect on self-confidence and pride and it will motivate it to take more and more complex problems.
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Logical cube puzzle plan Wire 3D puzzle 1 Multiple silhouette puzzle plans
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Simple wooden 3D puzzle plan

We are offering you free plans for the mechanical 3D wooden puzzles. Wodden puzzle can be an ideal toy for the children and an interesting amusement for the adults. It is an important tool for the children for learning and stimulating their development. By using 3D puzzles children develop their capability to maintain the attention and learn how to organize their educational process. While solving the puzzles they reveal importance of the patience and the benefit to persist in unriddling the problem, they practice the hand-eye coordination, develop visualisation and creativity, practice recognition and mutual relations between shapes, sizes and colors.
 Here you can find various free plans for puzzles of different shapes, sizes, number of parts and solving difficulty. You will find free puzzle plans for the Tetris-like logical cube, tangram puzzle, wire puzzles, wooden puzzle box and many other puzzles and solving them will mentally chalenge you, but here are also the ones – like wooden chain – that will be a real challenge to manufacture. Puzzle plans are designed for making wooden puzzles and wire puzzle. Wooden puzzles are equally attractive for both children and adults. The simple ones with less parts will be ideal for children, while more complex puzzles with more parts will challenge the adults.  

About the Burr Puzzles Six-piece Burr Puzzles  
About the Burr Puzzles Six-piece Burr Puzzles  


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Twenty-one-piece burr puzzle (with rounded key piece) plan - PDF, 2.96 Mb, Pages 9 Six-piece interlocking puzzle plan - PDF, 1.51 Mb, Pages 6 Six-piece burr  puzzle (without internal voids) plan - PDF, 1.97 Mb, Pages 7
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Fifteen-piece burr puzzle (with rounded key piece) plan - PDF, 2.82 Mb, Pages 8 Six-piece burr puzzle (with beveled notches) plan - PDF, 2.32 Mb, Pages 8 Eighteen piece burr puzzle plan - PDF, 4.64 Mb. Pages 15
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Wooden puzzle are great way to use various scrap wood pieces that remained in the workshop. They consist out of the small parts, so the small wood scraps can be used. For some puzzle it is not important to be made out of the same type of wood - they will look even better if you make them out of different types of wood with different natural colours. If they are made this way, the only investment that is needed is your work, and the material does not require money investment.

To make wooden puzzle, the first thing you should do is to decide which puzzle you want to make, how complex it should be and what are your capabilities for required wood working. You should carefully analyze the puzzle plan and very precisely cut and sand the puzzle parts. This is very important because even the minimal diggresion from the specified dimensions can lead to the problems during puzzle assemblage. The parts should be sanded very well, so they can slip easily during the puzzle assembling and disassembling, and to avoid hand injuries by wood splinters while playing with puzzle. If you wish you can paint the puzzle or apply finish. We recommend to make wooden box or a cloth bag to keep your puzzle, because the loss of even one part will take all the charm of your puzzle and it is very likely that it will thus become completely useless.

There are thousands of ways for making wooden puzzles. Their complexity depends on your imagination and wood working skills, also how challenging you want the puzzles to be and on the age and capacity of the persons to which they are dedicated.
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Wooden chain and rattle Pyramid wooden puzzle plan Impossible dovetail joint puzzle plans
Dice 3d wooden puzzle plan Wooden stacker puzzle plan  
Dice wooden puzzle plan Wooden stacker puzzle plan