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Getting a revolutionary new toy design into open source production, and using the design to create the worlds longest marble run.

this is essentially the same project as my first unsuccesssful project.  the only difference is that it will be running for 90 days as opposed to 33. 

What I didn't say in the video:

This design will be open source manufacturing. I hope that if it becomes truly popular, it could be cut in the country it is bought in, or at least in the same continent.  Apart from that I believe that open source manufacturing will give me greater freedom as a designer, to continue improving my design on my own terms.  This way it can develop most organically, and I don't have to follow a certain product line, or focus on marketing etc. etc.

This is an invention I've been working on for well over seven years now. It is laser cut out of 3mm wood (high density fibreboard) It has always been of utmost importance to me that it is completely non-plastic. 

Because it is built with rails, trolley cars can be built for this marblechute.  So it can be far more than just a mere marble run.

So how long is the world's longest marble chute going to be? I intend to build one at least half a kilometer long (that translates into approx. 550 yards). The current record is slightly less than half as long, it "measured 210.31 m (690 ft) and was made by Jelle Bakker (Netherlands) at Avonturenpark Hellendoorn in the Netherlands, on 13 May 2009." http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-4000/longest-marble-run/ If the Funding is wildly successful, if, for example, I raise twice as much money as the set goal, then I also intend to build a much longer marble chute.  Within reason.

What will the money be used for?

Producing these marble chutes one by one is prohibitively expensive, but if I have enough orders, I can buy my own laser cutter and bring the retail price down well over 50%.  

What the backers get:

This is an image of the container for a 15 meter marble chute, and the length of one side of the trianglar case measures just under 24 inches.  The 4 meter marble chute will be about half the size.

Here are some more shots of the marble chute when its hung:

When?

If the project is funded I will ship all the marble chutes within a month after the project deadline, so give at least 2 or 3 weeks for shipping from germany, and you receive the marble chutes one and a half to two months after this project's deadline.

As for the chutes used to build the worlds longest marble run: I'll be building it this summer, and it will have to be on display at least a month or so, so they will ship in the fall of 2011, if this project is funded.

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    Your name is listed on the list of official sponsors on the official website of the world's longest marble chute.

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    and you get my smallest marble chute that can be built to a length of over 4 meters, with more than 72 parts. + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    you get better value, with a marble chute that can already go right accross most living rooms, with a length of over 10 meters (approx 10 yards). + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    once again, a distinct value increase. this time the marble chute will be over 15 meters long (approx 15 yards). + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    10 meter set from the $90 dollar reward plus 6 meters of straight rails (this is for those of you with long flat bungalows, chris baker?)

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    you get 12.5 meters of the rails I used to build the world's longest marble chute. Obviously there is a longer waiting time for this. First I have to build it, then, when the record has been broken, I take it apart, pack it into a special box which is inscribed with your name as an official sponsor, and that the contents were part of the world's longest marble chute. + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    from a purely material viewpoint, this one has the best value. This gets you the 'delux' model, which can be built to a length of over 25 meters. This one might impress the grandchildren. + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    you get 25 meters of the rails I used to build the world's longest marble chute. Like the $150 reward there is a longer waiting time for this. First I have to build it, then, when the record has been broken, I take it apart, pack it into a special box which is inscribed with your name as an official sponsor, and that the contents were part of the world's longest marble chute. + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    you come and spend 3 days helping me build the world's longest marble chute. This will probably take place in berlin this summer, unless somebody takes the $6000 incentive, in which case it could end up happening anywhere in the world. Traveling and Lodging expenses are covered by you. As far as the date is concerned we can hopefully work a schedule out so that everybody can make it. If you can't make it you get two 25 meter marble chutes as compensation.

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    Wholesale offer for toy store owners: spend this amount or more, and you get 30% discount on the current prices listed here. for example: 3 marble runs for $120 and 3 for $40 would total at $480. 30% discount would mean that you would pay $336, saving $144. orders from germany don't have to pay any shipping. orders from europe pay $30. everywhere else pays $60. All limited rewards are exluded from this offer.

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    Wholesale offer for toy store owners: spend this amount or more, and you get 35% discount on the current prices listed here. for example: 3 marble runs for $180 and 3 for $120 and one for $90 would total at $990. 35% discount would mean that you would pay $643.5, saving $346.5. orders from germany don't have to pay any shipping. orders from europe pay $40. everywhere else pays $80. All limited rewards are exluded from this offer.

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    Wholesale offer for toy store owners: spend this amount or more, and you get 40% discount on the current prices listed here. for example: 4 marble runs for $180 and 4 for $120 and 4 for $90 would total at $1560. 40% discount would mean that you would pay $936, saving $624. orders from germany don't have to pay any shipping. orders from europe pay $50. everywhere else pays $100. All limited rewards are exluded from this offer.

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    You get the original prototype, which I cut out with a fretsaw on the kitchen table. AND you get a 'delux' 25 meter version. + your name is listed as an official sponsor.

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    I build the world's longest marble chute in your house. You have to have a pretty substantial house for this. (It doesn't have to be your house either, you can arrange for me to hang it up in your local mall -that might just be big enough.) + your name is right at the top of the list of official sponsors.

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