A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hello, my name is Alex. Inspired by the 2-dimensional patterns of M.C. Escher, I designed a set of 3-dimensional wooden bull figures. These unique figures can be stacked horizontally and vertically, creating an eye-catching design piece or a beautiful toy for children. I studied mathematics and design and originally developed the Kuhkubus as part of a mathematics & art competition.
A single bull figure measures approximately 7cm x 8cm x 1,6cm cm. It is made out of birch ply wood, trimmed by a laser cutter and finally glued together by my mate Raoul and me. Apart from that the wood is untreated.
The Kuhkubus and all components are manufactured in Kreuzberg-Berlin, Germany.
At all times we try our best to ensure that our product is of the highest quality and functionality. However, since the Kuhkubus is a natural, handcrafted product, the figures may vary slightly in shape. Also some may be easier to put together than others. We hope that all supporters view this as a challenge and enjoy trying to find the optimal configuration - just think about it as a complex puzzle.
It is also important to note that the Kuhkubus is not suitable for children under the age of six due to the horns, which may break off and therefore pose a choking hazard.
Shipping, for the packages, that contain the KUHKUBUS-figures, always comes with tracking, if possible.
We have already developed another wooden 3D Escher animal, but it is not ready for production yet. We have choosen a longer run for the campaign, so maybe we could come up with a surprise later on....We are trying to find a few more animal shapes to establish a small product line.
We have also created a more complex variation of the Kuhkubus, which also tiles the 3D space, but grips on the sides of the figure as well. We have produced a prototype for 3D printing, which is not ready for mass production yet though. Let’s see what the future holds, more info in German could be found here and here (where they also have some cool animations).
KUHKUBUS-Basic - Contains six of our wooden bull figures, as described before.
Rabbits - The rabbit figures got a rotation-symmetrie and consists of three layers. A single rabbit figure measures approximately 5cm x 2,5cm x 0.9cm. We offer it in packs of two, four and eight figures.
Collectors-Edition - In the Collectors Edition the bull is embellished with a small branding on the left side. We have produced a limited edition of 120 sets, each set containing 6 bulls. 60 of these sets are available on Kickstarter. It will be shipped first.
Art-Edition - People often ask me why I chose to design a bull? The answer lies in the comic project that I am currently working on, of which the hero is a Minotaur. So a bull just seemed obvious to me.
Whilst working on the Kuhkubus I started drawing a series of 15 ink illustrations in different styles, on paper (DIN-A4). These illustrations will be printed as postcards.
If you decide to support our project you may choose one of the following rewards:
a random selection of 6 postcards
all 15 postcards
A Kuhkubus set + a random selection of 6 postcards
A Kuhkubus set + all 15 postcards
A Kuhkubus set + all 15 postcards + one of the original artworks. The artworks will be randomly distributed among the backers. Please contact us, if you have a favorite piece or something you dislike, we will try to fullfill your wishes.
Here are the first seven pieces, that I already created:
Risks and challenges
Our funding goal was chosen so that it is worth for our component suppliers to let their machines run. The production period of five months is chosen, so that we are save, if we should run into problems, but we plan to start shipping two months earlier. We are confident to cope with that challenge though.