## Introduction

Assembling a 2x2 Rubik's Cube can be a fun challenge. Maybe you’ve broken your 2x2 or just want to set it up. Whatever be the case, in this blog, we'll provide a step-by-step guide on how to assemble a 2x2 Rubik's Cube.

## 1. Step 1 - Understand the Cube

Before diving into the assembly process, it's essential to understand the structure of the 2x2 Rubik's Cube. Unlike the regular 3x3 cube, the 2x2 cube consists of only four pieces per face, resulting in a total of eight pieces, all of them being corner pieces. Each piece is connected to an internal mechanism that enables rotation. There are 12 internal pieces in total, which slide in between the 6 centres. Each corner is surrounded by 3 internal pieces which hold it in place.

## Step 2 - Orient the Pieces

Start by separating all the pieces of the cube. You'll notice that each corner piece has three colored stickers, and there are eight unique corner pieces in total. You should be familiar with the color scheme of the cube and how the pieces fit together.

## Step 3 - Assemble the Corners and Internal Pieces Simultaneously

Begin assembling the cube by placing the first internal piece between any two centers, and then slide in the second internal piece on an adjacent slot. Place a corner piece in between the two adjacent internal pieces while keeping them on the bottom so that the corner piece doesn’t fall off. Finally lock in the corner piece using another internal piece (each corner is surrounded by 3 internal pieces which hold it in place, as mentioned earlier in the blog). Repeat this process with the other corner pieces. This step is pretty intuitive! Make sure you place the pieces in their solved states so that you avoid running into any corner twist problems!

## Step 4 - Test the Movement

The Axis, Once all the corner pieces are assembled, test the movement of the cube by rotating the faces. If you’ve messed with the springs and screws in the core, you might also wanna check if all sides are evenly tensioned, and if not, fix that!

Hopefully, you have a working 2x2 Rubik’s Cube now!

Once your cube is assembled correctly, you're all set to dive into solving the 2x2 Rubik's Cube!

Sarthak Masta

Sarthak Masta is a speedcuber from Raipur. He started cubing in 2013 and now has 11 years of cubing experience. Apart from cubing, Sarthak enjoys making music and singing. He has attended a total of 7 competitions in Raipur and has gotten 10 podiums, with 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 4 bronze medals

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