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 passage of time
Sand mandalas, an ancient Buddhist tradition that started 2500 years ago in India, are beautiful drawings made with colored sand as a way to represent the universe and its inner state of change.
Inspired by these mandalas, Sandsara creates patterns on sand through the steady and relaxing movement of a metal sphere.
Buddhist monks spend around two or three weeks in a meticulous work of drawing and blessing to finalize in a destructive end, swiping all the hard work, trying to reflect that every single thing in the universe is in a constant state of change, movement, and inner evolution that lead us to transcendence.
In the same way, we want to create a piece that reminds the ephemeral beauty of time.
Infinite possible patterns
You will control the speed of each motor to change the path of the metal sphere, creating a new pattern while erasing the one made before.
Explore the infinite possibilities of patterns that you could contemplate on Sandsara’s surface.
The solid wood frame comes in two different tones, Tropical Machiche and Natural Oak, to match any space in your home or studio.
Each piece of wood is CNC carved, then assembled and finished by hand.
We look for the best materials and manufacturers for our project, and we use smooth and silent motors to allow Sandsara to be a truly relaxing piece.
A reminder of the time
Speed video 6x
The two steel spheres come in two different sizes, the small one will lead the paths to create patterns while the medium one draws a continuously slow circular path on the sand surrounding the pattern.
The whole circle takes twelve hours to be drawn as a reminder of the passing of time. So you will be able to use it as a clock as well.
Risks and challenges
It was just time to launch the Sandsara, ephemeral table. After a long design process and many attempts of trial and failure, we’ve come to obtain the final product. Our biggest challenge is that we’ve never produced Sandsara on a large scale. We have confidence in our production capability, however, we are conscious that there are external factors that can delay the production, such as components shortages or unexpected manufacturing delays. We will surely make some room in our schedule to solve any eventuality that may arise in the production and shipping processes. Of course, our backers are the most important to us, so we will always have you in mind and we will inform any eventuality that may arise.