DIY

DIY is short for Do It Yourself. DIY refers to a type of cube (almost always the 3x3) that comes disassembled and requires the buyer to put the pieces together and place the stickers onto the puzzle.

These types of cubes were very popular among speedcubers from around 2005 to 2010, and in fact most of the top 3x3x3 solvers in the world used DIYs. DIY cubes were the very first cubes which had the ability to adjust the tightness of the center springs—store-bought cubes usually had glued or riveted centers, so it was impossible to change their tension.

The official Rubik's online shop (Rubiks.com) began selling Rubik's cube DIY kits from around 2004 onwards.[1]

The Chinese-brand DIY cubes were sold by the Shanghai-based website Cube4You from around 2007. They were known as Types A, B, C, D, E and F. Some DIY cubes were available from eBay.