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Where laser cutting and papercraft collide. A new kind of dimensional model that assembles simply, without glue, tape or fasteners. Read more

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This project's funding goal was not reached on August 13, 2011.

Where laser cutting and papercraft collide. A new kind of dimensional model that assembles simply, without glue, tape or fasteners.

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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.

Video Credits:

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

FAQ

  • 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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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    0 backers

    A donation at any level will receive our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.

  • You selected
    $10 reward

    11 backers

    For $10, you are pre-ordering one 6" Eiffel Tower Model which will retail for $9.95 + shipping. Your pledge includes shipping within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

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    $25 reward

    8 backers

    For $25, you are pre-ordering one 12" Eiffel Tower Model which will retail for $24.95 + shipping. Your pledge includes shipping within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $100 reward

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    For $100, you will receive one 24" Eiffel Tower Model. Currently produced only in-house, this piece will be signed by the artist. Your pledge includes shipping within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $200 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    For $200, you will receive a Classroom Pack (30) of our 6" Eiffel Tower Models. Your pledge includes shipping to you, or the school or teacher of your choice within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $250 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    For $250, you will receive one 32" Eiffel Tower Model. Currently produced only in-house, and not slated for commercial production, this piece will be signed by the artist. Your pledge includes shipping within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $325 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    For $325, you will receive a set of Matryoshka (Russian) nesting Eiffel Towers: One each 6", 12", 24" and 32" sizes. Pieces will be signed by the artist. Your pledge includes shipping within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $450 reward

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    For $450 you will receive a Classroom Pack (30) of our 12" Eiffel Tower Models. Your pledge includes shipping to you, or the school or teacher of your choice within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $500 reward

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    For $500, you will receive a signed and numbered 24" Eiffel Tower Prototype. This is an early, more elaborate design with separate free floating observation decks. Thisl is our favorite version, but because assembly is much more difficult, and production costs are significantly higher than the current designs, it is not slated for commercial release. Your pledge includes shipping to you, or the school or teacher of your choice within the United States. Add $5 for shipping to Canada. Add $10 for International.

  • You selected
    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    For $5,000, the artist will fly to your location (within the continental United States) and install a one-of-a-kind 96" tall Eiffel Tower Model. Due to sheet size limitations, this must be made from a different paper stock than the regular models, but you can select the color of your choice within that product line.

Funding period

- (30 days)