Now is your chance to get one within our Christmas special.
3,663 backer wanted to own a part of the universe and backed "The Universe in a Sphere (Relaunch)" with 306,970 €
- This campaign is for all of you, who want to get another sphere as a present.
- It is for all of you, who discovered the Universe Sphere too late and eager to get one for themselves.
- It is for all of you, who are just strolling through Kickstarter, to find a suitable Christmas present, but what is more suitable, than the universe?
There are many more reasons why people want to own a Universe Sphere and we already got 700 new spheres in stock, so we decided to make it possible for you to buy them as a Christmas present. We want to make sure, the first 700 backers will get their spheres before December 20th. Therefore, we limited the options in this campaign.You are able to back for the sphere with or without the LED Base-plate, because too much variety needs to much time to pack and coordinate. If it is possible from your country, you can order the 3D-printed bases directly from our Shapeways shop.
CinkS labs Shapeways shop:
You can decide which model, color and material you want for your bases. Just order it and Shapeways will directly send it to you. At the moment, there are 4 different shapes and lots of colors as well as materials and who knows, maybe there will be more soon...
What is the Universe Sphere?
To understand, what is shown in this sphere, I love to see this video, which also inspired me to make the Universe Sphere.
A cosmic Voyage
Every one of the 380,000 lasered dots stands not only for a star, but an entire galaxy with billions of stars. A journey through our entire galaxy, the Milky Way, would last 120,000 years...with the speed of light! And it contains about 300 billion stars. A journey to our nearest neighbor, the Andromeda galaxy, would last around 2.5 million years with that speed, and there we are, at the first tiny dot, next to our own tiny dot in the center of this very sphere. If you add the next 100,000 galaxies you can see the structure of Laniakea, our home supercluster. Laniakea is around 160 megaparsec in size and of cause surrounded by even larger structures. The diameter of the cloud of galaxies in the sphere is around 250 megaparsec (Mpc). One parsec is equal to 3.2616 light years, which means, that the cloud is 815,400,000 light years in diameter. 815 million years of travel, with the speed of light, captured in an 8 cm glass sphere.
How is it made?
Every dot is a tiny crack inside the glass, that reflects light. A strong laser, is focused in one point and blasts a short heat impulse, where a tiny crack appears. This is done 380,000 times and you got your Universe Sphere.
Here is a video of this process, but, for a better view, it was lasered in a cube instead of a sphere.
With the help of my family, especially my brother, I found my first company "CinkS labs GmbH", organized the production, packing and shipping for all the spheres. I also designed some bases, which were 3D-Printed and tried to keep my backers informed and often enough amused about the whole process. This all happened since the beginning of this year and around 3,200 backer finally got their own spheres. The rest will be shipped within the next three weeks. Unfortunately, we had some trouble with our shipping company, therefore we got some delay, but it all cleared up, so we have already launched this third campaign, to make more people happy with an extraordinary Christmas presents.
Now available: The Universe in a Sphere Collector´s Edition (Commissions)
The Collector's Edition comes with:
- Two Universe Spheres 1x The Universe Sphere Base "LED Fitting" (3D-printed - polyamid black) + LED Base Plate
- 1x The Universe Sphere Base "Grid" (3D-printed - steel) and...
- The Limited Collector's Edition Plate
- Free shipping to EU and US, otherwise 40€
The plate will be made of 3D-printed steel with a short personalized text you choose, our logo and the number of your collectors edition plate. On the backside there will be a short description of the sphere, like 380,000 galaxies, 815,000,000 Light Years diameter, etc. If you want to have a certain number, e.g. 13/100 or 42/100, there will be a survey at the end of the campaign where you can send us some of your favorite numbers, or you will get a random plate, but hold in mind, first come, first serve... You will also be able to buy just a collectors plate later, but only via our Shapeways shop and instead of " n/100" there will be an infinity sign. Nevertheless you will be able to put your customized message on it, if you want.
Happy customer comments
Risks and challenges
The last time, I expected 400 backer, but it went out to be 3600, I expected a shipping within 2 month including the production of the Spheres, but it turned our to be 8. I now know where hurdles lie and I hope, to speed things up alot. But as said, we already have 700 Spheres in stock, so these should be no problem, to send them out 6 weeks before Christmas.
With the help and Ideas of our backers, we want to design a Collector´s Edition with a customized Collector´s plate, made of steel. We hope it suits everybody, but it can be difficult.
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