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Hello all together!

Since I am just new here and you just provide this subforum to introduce ourselves I just want to take the chance.

Being somewhere between 40 and 50 years old I am living in Germany. I came across building a marble run, or marble machine or kinetic sculpture or however you like to call it, just by accident in early 2013. My children own some of those HABA rolling ball toys. My idea of buidling a simple motorized marble lifter for those HABA tracks evolved into a marble machine of its own and is still under reconstruction.

Historical marbles are way to precious to have them run through a mororized track system. I just decided to take the cheapest glass marbles that actual toy stores offer. So I am not dedicated to collect marbles as probably most of you, my interest is building marble machines (how is the correct english word for it?). Playing with the physics behind is really hard work even if this is seldomly noticed by the audience.

I am hoping to find here some people interested in the underlying physics and mechanics to discuss about issues and/or exchange ideas.

Cheers

Hoody

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Hello Steph,

thank you for your welcome.

@All:

Probably some of you might want to take a look on my marble run(s). Unfortunately for you the place to find some of the pictures is the german fischertechnik fan-community site. So nearly all texts are written in german. I just put an english description to one of the pictures to aid you. If questions arise, then please open a thread in the marble run subforum.

The small version of 2014 "A Tribute To Imperfection": http://www.ftcommunity.de/details.php?image_id=39552

For this year I added some more features and reconstructed the marble run. There is currently no english description and fewer pictures of "Jubilee Edition": http://www.ftcommunity.de/details.php?image_id=41550

Regards

Hoody

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Ouch, I made a post and then I hit the wrong button and I lost this page.

Basically I'm curious about the fischertechnik forum. I tried to explore it, but I'm overwhelmed. Is it mostly for marble building?

I plugged "Kugelbahn" into the search engine and I saw many contributors.

Where do you folks set up your marble runs?

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I really should ask my question in the Marble Run forum, but I don't know how to turn it into a new topic.

Actually, I will start a new topic in the Marble Run forum with one of my questions -- about where you guys set up.

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Hi Steph,

the fischertechnik forum is mostly for fischertechnik fans to post about their pojects and the gallery is for showing lots of projetcs' pictures. There are not only marble runs ("Kugelbahn" or try "Glasmrumelbahn"). Those constructions a just a few rare projects of countless others. There is all: trucks, cranes, excavators, tractors, industrial machines, roboters, ..., anything you might think of is there. I wish there wouldn't the language barrier.

But I encounter something that is strange. I tired to set up my notifications to alert me when a post has been replied to. One day it worked and then stalled. This item here I got notice of by "show unvisitied replies" - today! Strange, but I think I will find out how get things work here.

My fischertechnik mates just set up their runs in their home (living room, cellar, garage, ...) and sometimes they post some pix to the gallery. Also some of those get to the convention once a year to share it live with the community.

Regards Hoody

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Erector sets seems to be still alive: http://www.erector.us/products

In Germany I know them as meccano. But erector/meccano is system different from fischertechnik: http://www.fischertechnik.biz/

Also the homepage of the comany but some of the topics are not trsanslated and still show up in german language: http://www.fischertechnik.de/en/Home.aspx Don't worry about them, its no important information.

I know about one or two of our community colleagues located in U.S. and Canada. But I have no idea if there is a ft community around there.

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