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Ronald Walter’s marble machine

Ronald Walter has designed a marble machine, and custom-built the marble racetrack from rosewood. The invention draws on the human attention to loud noises and interesting movements that entertain us. The marble machine is a noisy sight, with the click-clack of marbles rolling in many directions, up and down ramps, to the backdrop of large gears. It’s a whimsical and amusing sight, designed to draw the eyes and ears, complete with baseball cage-like cover that prevents the marbles from escaping their busy pathways.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Marble Machine stands 30 inches tall and weighs 30 pounds.
  • There are 16 hand-cut gears made from plywood which are driven by a gear reduction motor.
  • Ball bearings run through the machine in all directions, dropping, spinning, rolling and ringing bells

“People seem to enjoy watching gears turn and marbles running around in circles making noise.”

Read more: https://woodgears.ca/reader/walters/marble_machine.html

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