About this project
For model enthusiasts, budding engineers and those who love being creative.
We are also passionate about getting young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
We believe it's best to get kids into engineering from a young age using interesting and goal driven activities. What started with Lego and Meccano should carry on and should give a solid, inspiring goal for all people who like being creative.
How it works: Select the reward level you want on the right and click the green button to back the project. Some rewards are limited, so get in there early!
Your Mathematical Bridge will arrive as a kit that you can create yourself in order to better understand the thinking behind its clever design, master the intricacies of this technical structure and create a small scale model you can feel proud to display.
If you back it today, you’ll receive:
- 4 ABS plastic frames with all the components you'll need.
- 1 Instruction manual so you know how it's done.
- 1 two part box that you can use as the display once it's finished.
The kit won't include glue, craft knife or other modelling tools.
Online instructions and videos will be available for extra help
It’s suitable for those aged 14 years and over (with adult supervision when cutting out the parts).
All the joints are designed into the parts, so following the step-by-step guides is easy and satisfying with minimal written instructions. This means that non English speakers can build it too.
Once you’ve finished building the bridge, it will make a sleek office ornament, a stylish bedroom centrepiece, or a great desktop conversation starter.
The Mathematical Bridge was first built back in 1749 over the river Cam in Cambridge, England. Its distinctive design and rather mythic status has made it one of the most unusual yet iconic sights in the popular university city.
Its arched structure is special, as it’s based on a philosophy of function over form, every beam supports every other beam that it's connecting to and vice versa. This means that every part has an important place in its construction.
We’re very passionate about bringing the bridge’s unique design into the hands of those interested in the complexities of engineering, fascinated by structural design or just to anyone who’s fond of Cambridge and the beauty of the bridge in real life.
The concept of the bridge can be related to countless other bridge designs around the world, for this reason it is invaluable information for anyone interested in bridges and their design.
All the components will be made from ABS plastic which is very durable and less brittle than most typical plastics that are used for models, plus it works well with most glues and paints.
You have the choice of two colours for your bridge:
Black - if you want a stark black on white contrast for a minimalist style.
White - if you either want to paint the bridge to make it more realistic, or just prefer the colour scheme.
The parts will come in a high quality, gloss finish white box. This acts as a reflective surface upon which you can view your bridge when it's finished — just like the water of the River Cam reflecting the complex design in Cambridge.
A £50 pledge will get you a bridge kit and an LED display box in which you can light up your creation, it will also protect it on your mantle piece.
Pledge £200 for a full river tour of the city of Cambridge + 5 bridge kits!
For a pledge of £3000 you can own the one and only CNC manufactured, extremely high precision prototype in a custom built box and the only bridge with 1mm holes for miniature nuts and bolts.
Delivered on a boat tour in Cambridge for up to 12 people driven by the creator plus:
12 X Thai meals
12 X Bridge kits
12 X LED display cases
12 X Technical drawings
Many parents want to get their children into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). With that in mind, we believe that outside of the professional industry it’s important for youngsters to practice the skill of modelling from a young age to enhance their engineering minds. This gives them a foundation of knowledge that they can draw on throughout their lives.
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We don’t just want to put our products out into the world, we want to inspire others to do the same and shout about the benefits of modelling.
We understand the importance of modelling. For those working in the engineering industry, modelling is a vital tool for manufacturers, engineers and customers that allows them to find issues with design at low cost.
The more time you spend overcoming challenges in mentally engaging activities, the more experienced you are later on and the more problem-solving will seem natural and second nature.
Overall, we believe it’s important to strive for a satisfying goal at the end of every activity, which helps in building up the time spent in overcoming problems and learning engineering methods.
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The first 1500 units will be sent out for christmas 2016, after the first 1500 they will be estimated early 2017.
We currently have all the manufacturers, printers and funding secured for the first stages of The Mathematical Bridge project.
Now that these important initial steps are finished and we are looking to launch the kit, we need funding to get the first units made, finalised and sent out to our customers.
We felt this would present the perfect opportunity to offer a discounted price for end users, possible suppliers and international clients before it goes up on sale in the UK only. So don't miss out on the chance to buy one (or many) now before it’s too late!
About the creator:
I am an aerospace engineering graduate and I am looking to find a rewarding place to fit in within the industry of engineering by helping people realise their engineering and modelling interests. I have worked in education (teaching young children), engineering (CAD/ CAM) and also tourism in Cambridge punting around the mathematical bridge, where I came upon the inspiration to create the Mathematical Bridge model. I am interested in creating an excitement for structural design, engineering and manufacturing and I believe this product is a great resource to educate and entertain.
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Risks and challenges
The main risks and challenges that lie on the road ahead involve stock. The Mathematical Bridge model and mould has now been finalised, so we know that the product works. If the first batch isn't enough, we'll have the next batch plus more ready in 4-5 weeks time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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