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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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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