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.
The Sphericon family is a group of Paradoxical Solids —three-dimensional figures with geometrical characteristics that seem self-contradictory— constructed by cutting a solid of revolution in half and rejoining it at a 90º turn.
Sphericons are pieces that reflect singularity. Each one is made of high quality metals; stainless steel, brass or copper, with their own properties and features to bring perfection to your space.
The vastness of the laws of physics that put order into chaos. All at the reach of the hand.
Let your mind wander by admiring the smooth surface of the Sphericon reflecting light at day or night. Improve your concentration by focusing on its edges that materialize rationality, and be amazed by the variety of paths that these pieces can take in motion.
Depending on their geometry, each Sphericon has a unique motion path.
By playing with the Sphericon you can interact with the movement of geometrical perfection.
This is what makes the Sphericon so special:
It can be made from a range of solids of revolution.
While it rolls, every single point of its surface touches the ground.
Each Sphericon has a different motion line depending on its geometry.
Although the motion seems random, it moves in a predictable direction.
It's center of mass remains in the same position when it's rolling.
Each Sphericon sums up the best of ingenuity: from raw materials through design deciphering the laws of space and volume into beautiful objects, produced by metal casting and finished by hand, manifesting the human ability to recreate perfection.
Perfection made from raw metal...
We made many prototypes, from wax melted in our workshop to PLA filament in the 3D printer, we tried many processes and materials until we had the perfect piece.
Once we knew it was possible to create a shape like this and saw how amazing it looked, we decided to manufacture the piece from metal casting. For this process we have to machine an aluminium mold to create perfect wax Sphericons that are later dipped in different ceramic materials and melted in a furnace at 1500º C.
Molten metal is poured in these ceramic molds that afterwards will be destroyed to reveal the metal Sphericons. Finally, they are hand polished to refine every single detail.
The Sphericon is a shape discovered not long ago. The Englishman Colin J. Roberts was one of the first people who studied it and was amazed by its unique properties: like the fact that its center of gravity always remains at the same height above the floor on which it rolls and the unexpected and entertaining path that it creates while it is moving from side to side, touching the floor with all its surface.
This figure was developed from a bicone cut in half and rejoined with an offset angle of 90º, but now we know we can obtain different shapes depending on the original used figure. These forms are created with a solid of revolution, which is the result from sweeping 360º half a regular polygon around an axis formed vertically at its midpoint, and later the process is the same, it’s cut by half and turned 90º to rejoin it. If you'd like to know more about it, visit this blog made by Colin's son. In this campaign we are happy to launch the traditional Sphericon and a Hexasphericon.
The Bicone Sphericon has one continuous surface and two discontinuous edges, meaning they can roll on the surface until the inertia is over.
The Hexasphericon is created with a solid of revolution from an hexagon, it also has one continuous surface and two discontinuous edges.
We believe human sensibility and intelligence have made sense of the universe and its knowledge through art and science, that’s how we know things around us are ruled by laws bigger than common perception.
Therefore we decided to give shape and dimensions to the solids not by something subjective like human perspective, but something determinable: volume. This way we can be amazed by how the same matter may be contained in very different forms. Although The Sphericon and The Hexasphericon have the same volume and weight, one may appear smaller than the other because of their geometrical properties.
24h EARLY BIRD! The Sphericon Stainless Steel
24h EARLY BIRD! The Hexasphericon Stainless Steel
EARLY BIRD! The Sphericon Stainless Steel
EARLY BIRD! The Hexasphericon Stainless Steel
The Sphericon Stainless Steel
The Hexasphericon Stainless Steel
The Sphericon Primal Metal
The Hexasphericon Primal Metal
EARLY BIRD! Duet Stainless Steel
Duet Primal Metals
The Sphericon Triad Metals
The Hexasphericon Triad Metals
Risks and challenges
I’ve been in love with this shape since I found out about it and I’ve tried many different ways to bring it to life. Luckily my team and I found a metal casting facility that had work with very similar pieces, therefore they had mastered the skills to work with a product like this under very strict quality standards.
The metal casting facility already did some pieces for us, shown in the video and photos above, and they look amazing. After the campaign is funded we will need to begin with the mold production right away and start producing parts.
We are aware of the risks involved in manufacturing and depending on the number of orders we receive, the production timeline could get stretched a little. But this project is a collaboration between the backers and the creator, so we are committed to keeping great communication and we plan to do it by having a dedicated customer support team, that way we can constantly share our progress with you without getting distracted from the production part.