I want to build a roller-coaster for my upcycle project. The material used in the project will be mainly cardboard. This is the base of the roller-coaster and will act as rails for the “roller coaster”. I am going to utilize the double cone so that the “roller coaster” will stay on the track and stay centered. Here is a link to a video by RWTH Aachen University explaining the phenomenon. I plan to use plastic (or paper) cups to roll down the cardboard rails. Here is another link from Numberphile and Tadashi Tokieda explaining the phenomenon.
Image: LInk by George Retseck
My inspiration is taken by the tooth pick roller coaster built by Scott Weaver. As well as the marble races done by Jelle’s Marble Races. I would say the video from Numberphile is my main inspiration. I currently have plans to make a simple version before creating a larger and more complicated piece for the main project. The upcycle project will test out the success of this idea. I plan to cut the cardboard and paint to apply another aesthetic to this project.