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3D Puzzles Challenges All Hobbyists

Updated on July 19, 2019
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Crossword puzzles are familiar to everyone, but assembling 3D puzzles offers a different type of challenge to puzzle enthusiasts.

3-D Tyrannosaurus or T-Rex Puzzle

A right profile head shot of a cardboard constructed T-Rex.
A right profile head shot of a cardboard constructed T-Rex. | Source

Jigsaw Puzzle Versus 3D Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, interesting, relaxing, and adventuresome as we assemble the flat pieces of cardboard to create a whole picture. Some people will look at the picture on the box cover, assemble the edge pieces, then pursue filling in the remaining picture.

Other people like to match the pieces and create groups or sections and assemble edges and interior as they advance through the puzzle pieces.

The 3D puzzle allows the pieces to be built upward and outward creating a finished dimensional product rather than a flat creation.

This concept was invented by Canadian, Paul Gallant in 1931. It was an overnight worldwide success and it continues to be popular with people who enjoy assembling puzzles which require more challenges than the standard jigsaw puzzle.

3D Ship

A 3D puzzle replica of one of the Christoper Columbus's ships.
A 3D puzzle replica of one of the Christoper Columbus's ships. | Source

Multidimensional Design

The 3D puzzle has three different variations. The pieces are interlocking or may require being glued in place during the assembling process. These puzzles have depth, height, width, and duplicate in miniature a physical article.

An individual may be assembling a famous building, a variety of houses, city skyscrapers, towers, palaces, statues, ancient ruins, religious temples and churches, bridges, educational toys, animals, flowers, circus and carnival rides, ships, planes, trains, and other real items.

These puzzles may be do-it-yourself creations or purchased singly, or as kits. These replicas may be made with cardboard, poster board, wood, plastics, and metal.

The puzzle pieces differ from the traditional flat puzzle as they are thicker, stronger, and have sharper shaped pieces.

3D Cathedral Church Model

A cardboard 3-d replica of a cathedral.
A cardboard 3-d replica of a cathedral. | Source

Puzzle Examples

There are many types of puzzles to entertain every interest.

  • Animals
  • Bridges
  • Buildings
  • Movie characters
  • People
  • Statues
  • Solar System
  • Towers
  • Vehicles

There are models which may be purchased as a kit or you may choose to design and make a 3-d object.

Brain Puzzles

3 Rubic's cubes.
3 Rubic's cubes. | Source

Benefits of Puzzle Solving

Jigsaw puzzles and 3-d puzzles offer:

  • A fun leisure time activity
  • Available for all age groups
  • A wide variety of puzzle choices from simple to complex
  • Education
  • Finger dexterity and hand and eye coordination
  • Heighten creativity and imagination
  • Patience
  • Relaxation and meditation
  • Problem solving,
  • Problem solving challenges
  • Knowledge
  • Logic
  • Mental stimulation
  • Physical dexterity
  • Sparks brain chemistry
  • Spatial awareness
  • Team attitude when constructing puzzle as a group
  • Tools for educators, teachers, medical professionals, architects, and engineers
  • Visual memory

Architect or Engineer

Are you interested in becoming an architect, an engineer, or occupations which require mathematical skills?

As a child or an adult you may discover that you have talents for occupations which require mathematics and logic. Multidimensional puzzles tend to help guide you into these types of careers.

The architect will develop a concept and then build a multidimensional model of structures.The model will show the function and beauty of the original concept. .


Depending on your job description and college degree, annual salaries range from $47,480 to $84,000 (2017). This salary information is available from the Occupational Manual of

3D House Model on Floor Plan

The floor plan is essential for wall placement when assembling.
The floor plan is essential for wall placement when assembling. | Source

Make a 3D model building

Test your aptitude for being an architect by designing and constructing a house mode.

  • First and foremost design the floor plan.
  • Visualize the interior and exterior of the house, and then take a virtual tour through the building before real construction begins.
  • Complement the house model with landscaping.

Make the first model house with cardboard to test your interest, aptitude, and skill level for scaled model building. The tools will include an architect’s scale, utility knife, and paste.

  • Use a floor plan as your guide for wall placements.
  • Measure and cut wall pieces accurately.
  • Paste the walls directly to the floor plan.
  • Scale down measurements in order to have a miniature replica.
  • Place exterior walls into position.
  • Top the exterior walls with a roof.

DIY Miniature Tyrannosaurus - 3D Woodcraft

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