Where laser cutting and papercraft collide. A new kind of dimensional model that assembles simply, without glue, tape or fasteners. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on August 13, 2011.
About this project
HD version of the video: http://vimeo.com/26415195
Artifacture is a design-build studio that specializes in short-run high-impact pieces. Armed with a laser cutter and a fascination with dimensional design, it wasn't long before we decided to build a model of the Eiffel Tower.
While many stylized vector images of the tower existed already, few had the level of detail we were seeking. During the search for reference images, we found a scan of Gustav Eiffel's original plans, and hand traced a vector design from it. A flat representation of the tower was interesting, but in a fit of creative masochism, we decided a 3D version would be even better.
To achieve this, we worked out a system of alternating tabs so four identical copies of a single design stitch together without glue or tape to form the final sculpture. We have been producing them in limited quantities, but at nearly 30 minutes each, it's definitely not a cost effective process. After a long search, we've finally found a US-based production house with a technology capable of producing these efficiently. However, there is a hefty minimum order, so we need help raising the funds for this initial production run.
We have chosen to start with the 6" and 12" versions because they are the most popular sizes, and hit a sweet spot between size and cost. At higher pledge levels, the rewards include early versions of larger sizes, and for those that choose to really dig deep, we have made a small number of artist signed and numbered versions our favorite version of the model. It is a 24" version that is much elaborate than the final one, and includes separate free floating observation decks. It is also prohibitively expensive to produce in volume, and ridiculously difficult to assemble so it is unlikely to be issued for sale in the future.
Lastly on the reward front, we have created an option to fund a "teacher pack" in both 6" and 12". These can be shipped to you directly, or we can deliver them directly to the school, program or teacher of your choice.
We will use proceeds from this product to finance the creation of additional architectural and geometric models. Please help us make more beautiful things.
Nothing Broken by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
"In your hands" photo was taken at the Museum of Craft and Design by ToniBird Photography.
Eiffel Tower blueprint images from: http://www.eiffel-tower.com/pictures
We can, and have done so in limited quantities, but even on our new, larger laser it takes over 4 hours to create 32 pieces which represents only 8 towers. Obviously, that's not cost effective for selling them in any meaningful volume
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