Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 15, 2011.

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      Creator John Fehr on January 3, 2012

      Jeremy: Can you email me at john.fehr@gmail.com? Also, checked my emails, and I don't have an email from the 15th. Can you resend that too?

      Everyone: There's actually something called acrylic glue that is used to apparently get clear joins. I haven't tried it myself yet, but there's videos online about using it. :)

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      Creator Jeremy Snowdon on January 2, 2012

      Do you have any suggestions for fixing acrylic? My brother's sculpture was knocked onto the floor, and one of the feet broke off.
      What kind of glue would work best? I have had some experience using Araldite on other plastics, but I don't know if it's the best glue for a clear join.

      Alternatively, how much would it cost to replace a fluorescent blue leg?

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      Creator John Fehr on November 12, 2011

      Not with the laser I have! Heh... The laser I'm saving up for (400 watt kern laser) could do aluminum with up to .05" thickness, apparently. Not sure how fast it is at that thickness. It can cut steel thicker, but steel wouldn't work for this.

      And yes, its a LOT of kickstarter projects to save up for it, or just one really really good one. :)

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      Creator Craig Dunn on November 12, 2011

      I think Karl might mean aluminum sheet rather than cutting the components from acrylic/wood?

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      Creator John Fehr on November 11, 2011

      Karl: Aluminum for what? The cones? Aluminum is paramagnetic, not diamagnetic, so unfortunately, it wouldn't work.

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      Creator Karl Horton on November 11, 2011

      Mine's clear acrylic: fantastic.

      Wondering if aluminium would work?

      I don't know if the edyy currents in aluminium would get in the way.

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      Creator Pyro Kinetics on November 9, 2011

      Got mine Monday. Assembled it Tuesday. Took a couple of tries. The instructions say to make sure the nuts are tight, they really mean it.

      Absolutely love it!

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      Creator Corey Falgas on November 7, 2011

      I received mine today. I immediately assembled it and am now displaying it proudly on my desk. Thanks for the incredibly quick turn around on the rewards.

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      Creator John Fehr on October 14, 2011

      Justin: Update #5 (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jfehr/magnetic-levitation-sculpture-0/posts/124159) has a picture of a bronze mirrored finish. Is that what you were looking for?

      Thanks for backing my project!

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      Creator Justin on October 14, 2011

      can we see a sample image of the mirrored finish ones? just the uncut sheets would be good enough for me to get an idea of the way they look.

      Thanks

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      Creator John Fehr on October 12, 2011

      Evan: The Show Off Pack is two Standard kits. The Standard kits are the third level (baltic birch or mdf) versions. If you would like both an acrylic and a wood, just add the two amounts together, and select the higher level one. When the project deadline is reached, I'll be asking each of you to select your prize, depending on your amounts.

      Thanks!

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      Creator Evan Hinkel on October 12, 2011

      What type of materials are available for the show off pack? is acryllic an option for the 2 sculptures?

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      Creator John Fehr on October 10, 2011

      Hi Jeremy,

      Yes, for the ultimate, you can choose your pieces from all the colors and material types. Your idea sounds cool!

      I just posted a fluorescent green pic in my latest update. I only have a small UV light, so I couldn't get a decent pic of it all fluorescing, but it looks very similar to when normal light shines on it. (Except the background isn't lit of course, since the background doesn't fluoresce.)

      Thanks for your support!

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      Creator Jeremy Snowdon on October 10, 2011

      Would it be feasible to get the Ultimate Custom Experimenter with a combination of acrylic and wood pieces, or would the differing thicknesses mean that it wouldn't fit together properly? For example, I was thinking that the mirrored bronze 'steampunk' version might look good with the 3 main supports made of Baltic birch, and the gears could be transparent amber or mirrored gold. But then again, it could look rather miss-matched. A better option may be to make the wood parts myself, as you previously suggested to Justin.
      I would also interested to know if you have any samples of the fluorescent colors yet.
      Thanks :)

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      Creator Jeremy Snowdon on September 21, 2011

      Hi John, I saw your project in the Instructables newsletter; I agree that buying it looks easier that making one myself.
      How well would it levitate a group of magnets - for example I have some BuckyBalls (http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/bbe8/). Do you think they would need to be in a symmetric shape to balance right? I guess I'll find out soon enough :)
      I was thinking about upgrading to the Ultimate Custom Experimenter, but I really like the idea of a steampunk version too.

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      Creator John Fehr on September 20, 2011

      Evan: I've ordered some colored acrylic to give you an idea. It should be very similar to the examples I posted on the original project. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jfehr/magnetic-levitation-sculpture/posts) Post #3 has the baltic birch version (but without the new snazzier cones) and #5 has what the colored acrylic should look like. I will post an update when I receive the colored acrylic and get a sample cut. Any particular color you're looking for?

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      Creator Evan Hinkel on September 20, 2011

      When will we be able to see pictures of the colored acrylic or the birchwood options?

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      Creator Justin on September 19, 2011

      that makes sense, thanks for the quick response!

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      Creator John Fehr on September 19, 2011

      Justin: Wow, that's some exotic looking wood.

      The biggest problem is that in order to save money, I have optimized the parts to cut out the most from each 1'x2' pieces of wood. This saves laser time and material costs, without which it would be difficult to do at the award levels. Plus, since its a new wood (each wood has a different density) I'd have to experiment with the cutting laser strength and speed, so I'd end up wasting a bunch of wood getting it right. Its also a solid piece of wood vs plywood/MDF, so it would tend to warp more easily, and I'm afraid you'd end up with a twisted sculpture.

      However, if you are into woodworking, you could probably use the parts in the kit I send you as a template to cut the padauk yourself.

      John

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      Creator Justin on September 19, 2011

      i was thinking padauk would look amazing with the scorch marks. Rockler sells it in 1/8 thickness. if your interested i could order some and send it to you. the only problem is the biggest size you can get is 6 x 24 so i doubt you could cut it all from one peice.

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      Creator John Fehr on September 19, 2011

      Hi Justin,

      What kind of wood were you looking at? Generally, each wood/material type I've tried has been a slightly different thickness, so I've had to tweak each type's pattern slightly to get it fitting best.

      John

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      Creator Justin on September 19, 2011

      John, if i were to supply the wood, could you laser cut this from any 1/8 wood type?

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      Creator Robert E Lewis on September 17, 2011

      Went for the wood one. Nice look and draws eye to the magnet. :-)

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      Creator Dennis Pamlin on September 16, 2011

      Hi John
      I really would like to see a steampunk version... Keeping my fingers crossed. This time I'm sure we'll make it...

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      Creator John Fehr on September 15, 2011

      Hi Richard, welcome back!

      I've ordered a number of acrylic colors so I can get samples made. (I'm trying to come up with a steampunk version too.) Once I have them I'll be updating the project and awards.

      Thanks!

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      Creator Richard NL on September 15, 2011

      There we go! :)

      I see there's a lot of new material options - do you have an overview of the various options (maybe just some small sample pieces that you've got pictures of)?
      Though I'm probably going to stick to the clear (and optionally a wood model), but we'll see.

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