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Love creating things and looking for smart solutions for different types of problems? Always wanted to be an engineer and build cool things? Link software with hardware? Please read further, I’ve come up with exactly what you’ll probably find interesting. Check out my blog where I will give you an insight into how I started with one of my biggest projects ever… Welcome to the world of Marblelous!
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Marblelous Demo at Qeske Maastricht

Marblelous Demo at Qeske Maastricht

Today we were allowed to demonstrate Marblelous at the official opening of "Qeske Maastricht", a creative hub where all kinds of technology startups are located and where other creative people are brought together. It was a fantastic day and we received a lot of...

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Final Versions Several Products

Final Versions Several Products

Again a huge package with final products. Today I received the Starter, Funnel, Movable Carrier, Spirals and the Teleporter 1 (input module). Everything looks very clean and nice, so I'm a happy man! Marblelous - final versions of the starter, funnel, movable carrier,...

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Marblelous on TV

Marblelous on TV

Subtitle translation from the image above: "I need everything here for testing, prototypes, 3D Prints…" Today Marblelous was on TV. A while ago BNNVARA (Dutch television, broadcasting association) visited me to do some video recordings for the program "Typisch...

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Received Beautiful Products Today

Received Beautiful Products Today

Received another well-filled box with beautiful products today.Despite the fact that there is no final finish structure on the components yet, it is already very nice to see/hold. It's really nice when everything functions properly as I envisioned it ;-)...

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Footage for Marblelous Instruction Video

Footage for Marblelous Instruction Video

Today our intern Carla recorded some beautiful shots that will be used in a special explanation/instruction video. And by the way, love it, just to experience every single time how much fun it is, to play with our product 🙂 [presto_player...

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Marblelous Pitch at Mini Shark Tank

Marblelous Pitch at Mini Shark Tank

Today I was at a mini "Shark Tank" in order to pitch Marblelous to some potential investors.To be honest, I was a little bit nervous, but the presentation went well and they really liked the product/concept, so to be continued… 🙂 Marblelous Pitch at Mini Shark...

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First white products

First white products

Whooooww! The very first white products are on their way 🙂 FedEx informed me that they would be delivered next Monday. But of course, I couldn't wait for that long, so I called FedEx and asked if I could come to pick them up a few days earlier. And yes; after some...

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Thousand Assembled Printed Circuit Boards

Thousand Assembled Printed Circuit Boards

This is very exciting! Thousand fully assembled printed circuit boards have just been delivered to my house. Great milestone and now we can really get this Marblelous project started. There is "only" some programming and installation/implementation work left to do,...

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Another Shipment with Final Products

Another Shipment with Final Products

Two big boxes with final products have arrived, YES! The Spiral (housing) and the Wheel in their final design! How cool, it looks just gorgeous. Can't wait to build and play with this… Marblelous - another shipment with final...

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Final Versions of the Piranha Alligator Gear

Final Versions of the Piranha Alligator Gear

The final versions (including the final finish) of the piranha, alligator and the gear (for the Marblelous Wheel) have just arrived. Everything looks very good. Fantastic! "The Eye wants something too"The gear (sprocket) had been ready for a while, but then there were...

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Box full of Spirals and Connectors

Box full of Spirals and Connectors

Today I received a box full of spirals and connectors. Now let's find some time soon to create something really wild with them 🙂 Marblelous - box full of spirals and connectors

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Latest Revision PCBs

Latest Revision PCBs

The latest revision PCBs have arrived this morning.Let's program them and put them to the test. And by the way, my dog "Byte" doesn't like the Marblelous Wheel 🙁 Marblelous - received the latest revision PCBs and now programming...

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Cooperation with Lodewijk

Cooperation with Lodewijk

Today our injection-mould maker/manufacturer came to visit to discuss everything.We had a lot to talk about, learned a lot and are really looking forward to further cooperation. We couldn't have ended this day in any other way than with a snack and a drink. Thank you...

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Thousands of Marbles

Thousands of Marbles

Marbles, marbles and more marbles! Many thousands… Enough to test all products through and through.In other words: we can move forward with this for a little while 🙂 Marblelous - thousands of marbles

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Together with my team

Together with my team

Finally! The team is back together again. Due to COVID-19, this was not always possible (because colleague Stan lives in southern Germany). Now it's possible again, so we got to work straight away for a couple of days! In between, we had some time to take pictures for...

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Marblelous – Film Shoot Typisch Eijsden

Marblelous – Film Shoot Typisch Eijsden

Today I had a film shoot at my home for a Dutch Television program, called "Typisch Eijsden". I was allowed to show a little bit of Marblelous. During the filming, 4000 speakers were delivered which would soon be placed on the printed circuit boards. That, at least,...

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Teleporter One Package

Teleporter One Package

Whooohoooww!! The package with (among other things) the teleporter1 (input module) has just been delivered. How cool to have this in your hands. It's not the final finish yet, but it already looks really good! The same goes for the modified version of the Marblelous...

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Marblelous Mini Motors

Marblelous Mini Motors

Ding Dong!That was the doorbell. Parcel service with a large pile (several thousand) mini/little motors.With this we can make a lot of cool Marblelous products! Marblelous - Mini Motors

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Nice Package with New Samples

Nice Package with New Samples

Another nice package with new samples…Already have a big pile of components over here at my house 🙂 Marblelous - nice package with new samples

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8000 Battery Clips

8000 Battery Clips

Due to worldwide delivery problems regarding microchips and lots of other electronics-related components, we decided to order lots of battery clips. These parts were already out of stock at some suppliers, with a status "unknown" when it would be in stock again. So I...

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More Injection Molds

More Injection Molds

They work hard in China. I just know that for sure, because they sent me a few photos of a number of injection molds they are working on. We will soon be making the Decision Maker, Lane Switch and the Spiral with these molds. I can't wait to receive the first samples....

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Marblelous Test Lab Part 6 with new Carpet

Marblelous Test Lab Part 6 with new Carpet

Today they came to lay the carpet in the Marblelous lab. It immediately looks a lot better! As soon as we have enough Marblelous products in, we can start building cool marble tracks here. No need to tell you, I guess, that I want to do that rather yesterday than...

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Marblelous Test Lab Part 5

Marblelous Test Lab Part 5

Today was another long day (with various activities) in the Marblelous room. I sprayed a number of motherboards white and then mounted them on a wall as a kind of "high tech design". RGB-LED strips will also be installed, and a plate with "Generative Design" will be...

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More samples

More samples

More samples from the injection molds.Today I received the Marblelous Piranha, Alligator, Cookie Press and some other things.While these are (of course) not the final colors, everything looks very nice and clean! Marblelous - more samples

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Marblelous Test Lab Part 4

Marblelous Test Lab Part 4

Today my brother and I placed a large Plexiglas sheet against one of the walls in the Marblelous room. We will soon be able to test the products with the suction cups on this large surface. I also finished some things (some paint here and there, etc…) and a hole was...

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First Injection Mould Products

First Injection Mould Products

OMG! I am SOOOOO excited!Today the very first products that are being made by the injection moulds have arrived.This is really a very, very(!!) big moment for me (and the rest of the Marbelous team)… This is my own self-invented product that "suddenly" comes out of a...

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Marblelous Test Lab Part 2

Marblelous Test Lab Part 2

Today I painted the ceiling in the Marblelous test lab black.You can see that this makes the room a lot darker.That is why I also started making a "lighting frame" that will hang in the middle of the room. I got good help again today from my dog "Byte" 🙂 In addition...

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Suspension Bridge

Suspension Bridge

Just having some fun while creating this…Pretty cool don't you think, such a suspension bridge for marbles? 🙂 Marblelous - just having some fun building this suspension bridge

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Sacrifice for Marblelous Test Lab

Sacrifice for Marblelous Test Lab

Sacrifice! I have decided that I will completely sacrifice the room (next to the living room) that I had in mind to make a home cinema for Marblelous. This is going to be the Marblelous "test lab" / demo room. A bit with a heavy heart (I don't have a Home Cinema...

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Final Version of the Marblelous Starter

Final Version of the Marblelous Starter

Today some important parts arrived for the "final version" of the Marblelous Starter. I immediately put everything together and programmed the correct software into it. Great to finally have the product 100% working. This just makes my day even better! [presto_player...

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Automatically Assembled PCBs

Automatically Assembled PCBs

Yes! Check! Milestone! Today the fully automatically assembled PCBs have arrived.Super cool to see our own print-design coming to life like this.I programmed a couple of them and they look fine. I ran a few software tests and I also hooked up a small LED-strip in...

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The Flood

The Flood

The 3D printing of prototypes and other test parts has been completely stopped due to the flood this week.My Makerspace is in the basement of my house. Due to the extremely high water here in our province Limburg this week, I had to move all valuable equipment and...

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More Injection Molds in the Making

More Injection Molds in the Making

Whoohoo! Even more photos of the injection molds they are making. Before I started Marblelous, I knew almost nothing about injection molds and the whole process behind them. But because I now have a lot to do with it, I have become more and more interested in it. For...

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Marblelous Wheel on the Wall

Marblelous Wheel on the Wall

Last night I suddenly had a strange dream in which the blue Marblelous wheel was hanging on a wall somewhere.I often forget my dreams, but this time I remembered it pretty well when I woke up in the early morning. But first things first… let's start the day with a...

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New and Improved Spiral

New and Improved Spiral

The day before yesterday the new and improved version of the spiral arrived, but unfortunately I didn't have time to test it properly. But today was the day. I immediately tested both "flavors"; spiral above the housing and spiral below the housing. Works perfectly…...

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New prints from Italy with new Invention Included

New prints from Italy with new Invention Included

Received new 3D prints from Italy again. Yes!Among other things, my newly invented component (in Dutch called a "Haring Pin", and by the way, I still have to come up with a correct English name for it :-)) is included. With this connector you can easily create tracks...

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First Injection Mold Photos

First Injection Mold Photos

The day couldn't have started better… When I got up this morning and looked in my mailbox, I was immediately positively surprised by a very nice email: photos of the first injection mold they are working on in China 🙂 And what a great one... this is one of our...

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Suction Cups Injection Molding Factory

Suction Cups Injection Molding Factory

Today my colleague Stan and I went to Germany to see how our suction cups are made at the injection molding factory. Always super interesting to see such cool machines in action! In addition, it is of course always good to know who your suppliers are… Marblelous - at...

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Lane Switch

Lane Switch

This morning I was, again, early behind my computer. After a lot of testing, trying and improving I made a nice piece of software. This allows the lane changer to detect the color of the marbles and change the direction accordingly. Super cool (and handy!), right?!...

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Another Box with 3D Prints from Weerg

Another Box with 3D Prints from Weerg

Yet another box with beautiful 3D prints was delivered to my house. Everything looks great, again. I couldn't resist playing a little bit with it. Funny side note: apparently Weerg (the 3D printing company) sometimes ships small parts in a custom-made futuristic kind...

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Printed Circuit Boards becoming alive

Printed Circuit Boards becoming alive

Today I received the first printed circuit boards for testing. Unfortunately, there was one very small component missing, so I fixed that myself with a little soldering. After some programming, the printed circuit boards became alive. Marblelous - printed circuit...

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3D Rendered Video Received

3D Rendered Video Received

Today I received a 3D rendered video, maybe as a promo for our Kickstarter campaign. Although the movie is pretty cool, at this point there is no sound added to the video. As soon as I have some time, then I will add sound/audio to the video which will make it even...

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Light Hose

Light Hose

I just had some kind of epiphany, a moment of clarity. What if I would integrate a light hose inside the marble track? And yeah, it worked 🙂 Looks pretty cool, even though I say so myself! Marblelous - Light Hose

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Checking and Testing with my Brother

Checking and Testing with my Brother

Today my brother (and business partner) Chris and I had a meeting to check various products. We also built some test setups to be able to check various things properly. Marblelous - checking and testing with my...

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Package from Italy with Teleporter

Package from Italy with Teleporter

This morning I received a very important package from Italy. The long-awaited Teleporter (input module) was included, among other things, so I ran quickly to my basement (Maker Space) to make a beautiful lens with my CNC milling cutter, so the visibility of the light...

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Printing extra Alligators and Pirahnas

Printing extra Alligators and Pirahnas

Today I printed some extra alligators and piranhas, which we will be testing by some friends and people we know at their own homes. By the way, I figured out a nice application myself. 🙂 Marblelous - Printing extra alligators...

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Printing and Assembling a Robot

Printing and Assembling a Robot

Yesterday I downloaded a couple of 3D files in order to print a robot. I tweaked a few things and immediately put my 3D printers to work so I could assemble them today. Super cool to see the robot pick up/put away a marble. At the time of writing, the printers are...

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A Day of Anything and Everything

A Day of Anything and Everything

Today was a day of "anything and everything". I received 2 packages: printed circuit boards to test with "bare" ESP32's and various suction cups to test with. Also some fun tinkering by using Marblelous components in a slightly different way. ...

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3D Printed Products from Weerg Italy

3D Printed Products from Weerg Italy

Today we received some new 3D-printed products from Weerg (in Italy).What a great company that has such good service and delivers very high-quality 3D prints.I'm glad that they exist! By the way: the machines they have (12x HP Multi Jet Fusion 5210 3D printers) make...

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Marblelous Wheel First Prints

Marblelous Wheel First Prints

A couple of days ago I ordered the very first 3D prints at Weerg. They are a company in Italy that have a 3D-print service.Today I received the prints. This is also the moment where I first see the Marblelous wheel coming to life.What a day… What a great feeling to...

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Marblelous Film for Tech Blog

Marblelous Film for Tech Blog

Today we filmed some shots at my brother's home for an online tech blog that we want to contact soon. Hopefully, they are interested when they see their own logo at the end 🙂

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Testing Marblelous

Testing Marblelous

Recently I gave some Marblelous test products to a good friend so that he could play with them and try out some things with his kids. Today he forwarded me this video. Nice to see that others can also enjoy themselves with Marblelous 🙂 [presto_player...

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Inspiring Pictures for Render Artist

Inspiring Pictures for Render Artist

I was searching for someone that could create a nice "high-tech/space looking" render video from the Marblelous 3D drawings. As input/bring over my idea I have collected these pictures in order to send them to the render artist.Very curious about what he is gonna...

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Marblelous – Knikkerbaan Demo Video

Marblelous – Knikkerbaan Demo Video

The promotional video has just been delivered to us. We are very happy with the end result!Now let's quickly put it online and show the world what we have made 🙂 Want to check out our Filming Day that led to this Demo Video? Then click...

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3D Printed Logos

3D Printed Logos

These are some Logos of tech blogs that I have 3D-printed.The idea is that we build tracks that go through the logos and film these.Afterward, we send the tech-blogs these videos to hopefully "trigger" them to write an article about Marblelous. Marblelous - some of...

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Creating a kind of Mario Bros Marble Track

Creating a kind of Mario Bros Marble Track

Today my girlfriend and I create a kind of "Mario Bros" theme marble track.I also created a small test setup with some funnels. Looks also nice, right? Marblelous - kind of Mario Bros Marble...

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Had a Creative Vibe Today

Had a Creative Vibe Today

Today I built a small track in the kitchen.I also had a creative vibe when I was behind my computer… So I created a funny "Marblelous Piranha poster". Marblelous - had a creative vibe today

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Test Decisionmaker

Test Decisionmaker

I 3D-printed a white "Decision Maker" and gave it to my brother so that he could test it.He sent me this video afterwards. Works really well! 🙂 Marblelous - printing and testing the decisionmaker

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Marblelous Kickstarter Promo

Marblelous Kickstarter Promo

Check out our new promotional video, which we intend to use when we launch on Kickstarter. Curious how we prepared for making this video? Then check out our "2nd Promo Video Film Day".

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Marblelous Packages

Marblelous Packages

Today we created pictures from the different Marblelous packages that will be the rewards on Kickstarter. Marblelous Package

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Got My Sinterit Lisa Pro SLS 3D Printer Today

Got My Sinterit Lisa Pro SLS 3D Printer Today

Goosebumps! Today I received my Sinterit Lisa Pro SLS 3D printer. My day can't go wrong anymore.Let's bring this beast inside and start its first print job… About SLS 3D-printing:Selective laser sintering is an additive manufacturing (AM) technology that uses a...

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3D Rendered Images as my own Birthday Present

3D Rendered Images as my own Birthday Present

It's my birthday!So let's think of a "present" for me :-)What about creating some nice 3D-rendered images from a couple of Marblelous components?Pretty neat, right? 3D rendered images as my own birthday present

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2nd Promo Video Film Day

2nd Promo Video Film Day

Today the 2nd Marblelous promo video was filmed. We look forward to receiving the final edit 🙂 Marblelous - 2nd promo video film day UPDATE 4-Nov-2020: check out here the end result of this 2nd promotion video film...

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Soap Marbles

Soap Marbles

I bought a hobby package for self-creating soap.With the Marblelous-cookie-mould I created some "soap-marbles" that can be dropped by the Marblelous-starter… "Ok Google, drop soap" 🙂 Marblelous - one soap marble and a real...

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LED Strip Lights

LED Strip Lights

Test setup with LED-strip build underneath the track.The LED strip lights up exactly where the marble is. Marblelous - LED strip lights

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Many Marbles

Many Marbles

We received the first big amount of marbles.Let's get things rolling now! 🙂 Marblelous - many marbles

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Marblelous logo print

Marblelous logo print

Today I designed + printed some logos for a special marketing idea that I have.To be continued… Marblelous - logo print

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Testing the Decision Maker

Testing the Decision Maker

The 3D print from the Decision Maker is ready.Testing time… works well! 🙂 Marblelous - Testing the decisionmaker - what's it going to be?

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The birth of the Decision Maker

The birth of the Decision Maker

My friend/colleague Stan came up with an idea for a new Marblelous-product: The Decision Maker.Today I tested this with some things that I had laying around. To be continued... Marblelous - our first Decision Makers

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Plexi Rods Fully Lightened Up

Plexi Rods Fully Lightened Up

Today I made a nice addon/upgrade for the Marblelous-finisher: LED's that fully lighten up Plexi-Rods when marbles roll over it. Marblelous - plexi rods fully lightened up when marbles roll over it. [presto_player...

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Creation of a Spacey Scene for Teleporters

Creation of a Spacey Scene for Teleporters

Togheter with a friend I began to create a spacey scene in order to film the Marblelous teleporters in their "natural habitat". We used wood, plaster and some paint to create this nice miniature space environment.Together with some bushes, craters and other 3D-printed...

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Marblelous Filmday at Groter in Wonen

Marblelous Filmday at Groter in Wonen

Today my buddy Stan and I went to "Groter in Wonen" (a very big and nice furniture shop in Maastricht) for creating and filming some nice marble tracks. Very nice to see how the product comes to life in such a beautiful environment. Thanks for having us!...

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Filming Day

Filming Day

Filming day: Woohoo!We filmed the Marblelous demo video.Now we have to wait for the video editor and see what he comes up with… Marblelous demo - Preparing for filming day Marblelous - filming day UPDATE 1-12-2020: ...and here is the end result of our Filming Day...

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Marblelous Set

Marblelous Set

I have created a nice Marblelous set and put it into a handy box so that I can take it with me when I need to. Marblelous Set

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Marblelous Computer Game

Marblelous Computer Game

Today I created a Marblelous computer game.Just for fun, and just to amuse me (with both building and playing the game) :-)But in order to (maybe) make it global available one time, I sent Activision (the makers of "The Incredible Machine" in 1993) an email where I...

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A few more Wheels

A few more Wheels

I printed a couple of more wheels and got good help from my brother's son 🙂 Marblelous - just a few more wheels

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Birth of the Marblelous Spiral

Birth of the Marblelous Spiral

The "Marblelous Spiral" is born!2 images and a video say more than 1000 words…. See for yourself ;-)It's nice to have a working first version so that we can develop it further from here. Birth of the Marblelous Spiral

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Marblelous Finisher

Marblelous Finisher

I created the "Marblelous Finisher". A device that lets you know when your marble reaches the finish. Wohooowwwww ---> applause 🙂 Marblelous Finisher

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First Version Marblelous Pump

First Version Marblelous Pump

The first version of the "Marblelous pump". Very happy (and proud) that this very first (and quick) design was directly working!Also thanks to my dad who quickly soldered this small prototype PCB for me. Marblelous - First Version Marblelous...

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Wheel Basis

Wheel Basis

I designed and 3D-printed a basis for the wheel, a good starting point.It doesn't look very nice already, but hey… it looks like this is gonna work 🙂 Marblelous - wheel basis

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Teleporter Input Donut Module

Teleporter Input Donut Module

Woohoo! I just received the design of the teleporter input module. Looks very spacey to me! Now let's find some time to get this thing working and teleport some marbles! Marblelous - Teleporter input donut module

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Teleporter Module

Teleporter Module

This morning I received the 3D-design from the teleporter output-module.I also quickly designed a 3D-model for the input module (the donut form). Unfortunately I ran out of 3D-print filament, except for "Dutch Orange" so I printed the first teleporter in that color....

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Peg Carrier

Peg Carrier

I had some IKEA "pins" laying around.Today I had the idea to use them in the track.I designed and printed the so-called "peg-carrier". Marblelous - Peg Carrier

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Marble Track Pieces Everywhere

Marble Track Pieces Everywhere

Just a picture for fun :-)Marble track pieces everywhere…And as you can see: I'm a very busy guy, haha Marblelous - marble track pieces all over the place

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Spacey new product in mind

Spacey new product in mind

Today I contacted someone from a dutch forum (Gathering of Tweakers) where I always hang out.I have a new product in mind, and I want this to be very spacey. So after a phone call, I sent him these images.Hopefully, he can create something very nice with this. So...

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Wheel that lifts Marbles

Wheel that lifts Marbles

I thought of a wheel that lifts marbles up in a 3D environment. So I started drawing it.The print took 30 hours, so I had time enough to create a wooden base in order to test the wheel. Marblelous - wheel that lifts marbles and Byte is checking it out.

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Plant Pot Tunnel

Plant Pot Tunnel

I had the idea to create a plant pot where the marble track can go through.So let's design and print it 🙂 Unfortunately, I only have red 3D-print filament available at this moment… Marblelous - Plant Pot Tunnel

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3D connector Drawings

3D connector Drawings

3D drawings from connectors, straight and bended track are ready.I loaded them into the 3D-print software and started the print.It prints overnight, so I have to wait a while… Marblelous - 3D connector Drawings

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So much more than an ordinary marble run

For more information about my latest and biggest project, please click here: Marblelous.tech