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A desk sculpture that merges science & art into one solid piece made of molten metal.
A desk sculpture that merges science & art into one solid piece made of molten metal.
A desk sculpture that merges science & art into one solid piece made of molten metal.
2,384 backers pledged MX$ 2,181,806 to help bring this project to life.

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THE OLOID: A mathematically perfect piece of art

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What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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Functional Prototype

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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The oloid is an intriguing and widely unknown geometric shape with amazing mathematical and aesthetic properties. It was discovered in 1929 by German sculptor, inventor and mathematician Paul Schatz.

 From art to toy, from math to joy...

A desktop sculpture that brings art, science, beauty and technology together in a single piece of solid metal. Perfect for thinkers, makers, visionaries, learners, teachers, and even for children.

Its hypnotic motion and flawless-smooth texture make it a great tool for stress-relief and concentration. A unique object that unleashes creative thinking and mindfulness.

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The Black Oxide Oloid.

 

The oloid is a striking, elegant piece that looks beautiful in your desk. Its fascinating shape is the perfect conversation starter.

 What is so special about the oloid?

  • Although its shape is curved, it moves in a perfect straight line. 
  • Although its shape is not round, it rolls. 
  • It has sharp edges, but its motion is gentle and smooth. 
  • While it rolls, every single point of its surface touches the ground.
  • Its surface area is identical to a sphere of the same radius.
  • It's surface is developable, meaning it can constructed from a flat sheet.
  • It has incredible functional properties; the oloid shape can be used for water treatment, as a propeller in navigation, or as stirrer in biotechnology.

 

Made from liquid metal

We use a precision casting method to ensure every piece has the mathematical perfection of the oloid.

First, we create perfect wax oloids out of a precisely machined aluminum mold. These wax shapes are used for the casting process.

The wax shapes are dipped in different ceramic materials and melted in a furnace at 500º C. Then, molten metal is poured into the ceramic molds, which need to get destroyed afterwards to reveal the metal pieces.

The mysterious shape

If the distance of two centers of disk is equal to the radius, then the convex hull produces another figure that rolls smoothly and is known as the oloid. (Schatz 1975).

Due to his art studies and his discussion of questions relating to space and the zodiac, Paul Schatz discovered in 1929 that the Platonic solids could be inverted. In particular the Invertible Cube, elaborated in accordance with the respective laws, and its specific, rhythmic mobility were to become the basis upon which Paul Schatz was to build his Oloid.

The surface of the oloid is a developable surface, meaning that patches of the surface can be flattened into a plane. While rolling, it develops its entire surface: every point of the surface of the oloid touches the plane on which it is rolling, at some point during the rolling movement. 

Unlike most axial symmetric objects (cylinder, sphere etc.), while rolling on a flat surface, its center of mass performs a meander motion rather than a linear one. In each rolling cycle, the distance between the oloid's center of mass and the rolling surface has two minima and two maxima.

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*To order multiple Oloids, just select the reward you want and increase the reward amount by multiplying the reward cost by the number of Oloids you want.  

Specs

 

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Risks and challenges

We have ensured functionality and manufacturability by making several prototypes with different production methods. After many tests we have found a reliable and consistent way to make perfect pieces and we are working with a trusted supplier that has over 35 years of experience in high precision metal casting.

There are always risks involved in manufacturing, and depending on the number of orders we receive, the production timeline could get stretched. For this reason we added a few weeks to the schedule to make room for unexpected delays. We assembled a small team with people experienced in logistics and high-volume shipping, and we've made sure everything is ready to start production as soon as we hit the goal. The product will be manufactured in Puebla, Mexico and orders will be shipped from San Diego California to ensure fast and secure delivery within the USA. All international orders will ship from Chicago.

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    Pledge MX$ 339 or more About $19

    24-hr Early Bird: Stainless Steel Oloid

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish.

    *This early bird offer is only available for the first 24 hours of our campaign! (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Stainless Steel Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 440 or more About $25

    Early Bird Oloid!

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Stainless Steel Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 540 or more About $31

    Black Oxide Oloid Early Bird!

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Black Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 670 or more About $38

    The Stainless Steel Oloid

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish.
    (Ships from USA)

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    • One Stainless Steel Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 706 or more About $40

    Two Oloid Early Bird!

    Get two Stainless Steel Oloids for $20 USD each!

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish for each of your Oloids.

    (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • Stainless Steel Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 770 or more About $44

    The Black Oxide Oloid

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    Pledge MX$ 790 or more About $45

    The Brass Oloid

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Brass Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 890 or more About $50

    The TOTEM Stainless Steel Oloid

    *About 49 USD

    The big Oloid is 2.95 inches long (75 mm) and weighs 14.6 oz (414 gr).

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
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    Pledge MX$ 975 or more About $55

    The Copper Oloid

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Copper Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 1,090 or more About $62

    The TOTEM Brass Oloid

    *About 61 USD

    The big Oloid is 2.95 inches long (75 mm) and weighs 15.6 oz (444 gr).

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One TOTEM Brass Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 1,290 or more About $73

    The TOTEM Copper Oloid

    *About 71 USD

    The big Oloid is 2.95 inches long (75 mm) and weighs 16.4 oz (466 gr).

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One TOTEM Copper Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 2,200 or more About $125

    Three metal collection

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Stainless Steel Oloid
    • One Brass Oloid
    • One Copper Oloid
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    Pledge MX$ 2,700 or more About $153

    The ALL METAL Collection (regular size)

    This is a special edition package that will include one Oloid of each material: The stainless steel, The Black Oxide, The Brass, and The Copper.

    It will come in a nice wooden case, and it will have your name and backer number engraved or a custom message if you prefer.

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One Stainless Steel Oloid
    • One Black Oloid
    • One Brass Oloid
    • One Copper Oloid
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    25 backers
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    Pledge MX$ 2,900 or more About $164

    The Elemental Collection (regular size)

    This is a VERY special edition only available for our Kickstarter backers.

    We want to bring you as close to the production process as possible. So, the Elemental Collection will include one Oloid from each stage of production:

    Stage 1: Wax Oloid (exactly the way it comes out of the mold)

    Stage 2: Raw Steel Oloid (right after the casting process)

    Stage 3: Polished Oloid

    Stage 4: Black Oxide Oloid

    This collection will come in a special edition wooden case with your name and backer number engraved or any custom message you want.

    Includes:
    • The Elemental Collection
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Pledge MX$ 4,400 or more About $249

    Three metal collection (TOTEM size)

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

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    Pledge MX$ 5,400 or more About $306

    The ALL METAL Collection (TOTEM size)

    This is a special edition package that will include one Oloid of each material: The stainless steel, The Black Oxide, The Brass, and The Copper.

    It will come in a nice wooden case, and it will have your name and backer number engraved or a custom message if you prefer.

    You can choose either brushed or polished finish. (Ships from USA)

    Includes:
    • One TOTEM Stainless Steel Oloid
    • One TOTEM Black Oxide Oloid
    • One TOTEM Brass Oloid
    • One TOTEM Copper Oloid
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    Ships to Anywhere in the world
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    Pledge MX$ 5,800 or more About $329

    The Elemental Collection (TOTEM size)

    This is a VERY special edition only available for our Kickstarter backers.

    We want to bring you as close to the production process as possible. So, the Elemental Collection will include one Oloid from each stage of production:

    Stage 1: Wax Oloid (exactly the way it comes out of the mold)

    Stage 2: Raw Steel Oloid (right after the casting process)

    Stage 3: Polished Oloid

    Stage 4: Black Oxide Oloid

    This collection will come in a special edition wooden case with your name and backer number engraved or any custom message you want.

    Includes:
    • The Elemental Collection
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
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