How to solve the 3x3x1 Floppy Cube

The Floppy Cube is so called because of its design: as the sides are turned the centre piece bulges slightly in order to allow the side to turn. Only the corner pieces are able to move position, the edges can only be turned over. This leads to only 192 possible permutations, making it one of the easiest cubes available. The Floppy Cube was invented by Katsuhiko Okamoto. Read on to find out how to solve the Floppy cube.

Notation

Notation Step 1 Step 2


The individual pieces are labelled as follows:

Centre piece of the Floppy cube

Centre piece

Corner piece of the Floppy cube

Corner piece

Edge piece of the Floppy cube

Edge piece

The faces of the cube are labelled as follows:

Front face of the Floppy cube

F = Front

Back face of the Floppy cube

B = Back

Left face of the Floppy cube

L = Left

Right face of the Floppy cube

R=Right

Step 1

Notation Step 1 Step 2


To begin, twist all the sides so that the edges are correctly orientated, i.e. so that they match the centre pieces.

Aim of step 1 of how to solve the Floppy cube

Aim

Step 2

Notation Step 1 Step 2


The second, and final, step consists of placing the corners correctly orientated into position.

Aim of step 2 of how to solve the Floppy cube

Aim

The final part in how to solve the Floppy cube! If you already have a corner piece correctly placed, hold the cube as below and perform the algorithm once or twice to solve the cube. If no corner piece is in the correct place simply perform the algorithm once to get a correct corner and then proceed as normal.

Aim of step 2 of how to solve the Floppy cube

Algorithm: R B R B

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