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25: Hex Stack to Icosahedron

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 by in 216, Video 0 comments

It’s January, so it’s time for magnet sphere time trials! Only those who have agile fingers, and those seeking a sharper mind should attempt.

The 25th Zen Magnets contest is to turn a Zen Hex Cylinder, into a 9-Triangle Icosahedron, which can be made with twenty triangles.  The submission deadline is the last day of January 2013, so this competition will only be live for 2 weeks! Also, anybody who beats 1:30, will win at least $10, so expect many winners.

Make sure to turn on the 720p for that clip.


1st – $150
2nd – $75
3rd – $35
4th – $25
5th – $15
Beat 1:30 – $10


The rules:

  • stop watch must be visible and legible in video for the duration of the build.
  • Magnets must never be fully out of view.
  • The official time will be counted from when the magnets are first touched, to when the hands are no longer touching.
  • No tools may be used, except for one PVC splitting card. The magnets cannot be marked.
  • Minimum recording resolution of 640 x 480 at 30 frames per sec.
  • No video post processing except for cutting off extra footage at the start or end.
  • Any brand of magnet spheres are acceptable.
  • All prizes will be in the form of Zen Credits, usable on or

Submit Video Here!

One more rule: You must have fun.