My inspiration stems from some of the videos I watched when I was younger. Numberphile gave me a lot of math, science, and engineering inspiration. Stable rollers was one of the very first videos I watched and it amazed me how beautiful, fun, and creative engineering can be.
While MarbleLympics is less about the STEM field, it still captures pride, determination, and creativeness. The amount of effort and thought that are put into these videos is what inspired me to make this upcycled rollercoaster.
This project is really an exploration of this concept for the final project. I hope to make a larger version of my current project. My hopes are to have a long roller coaster with winding turns, a loop, and a set up to return the coaster to the beginning. My plan for the exploring was to see how well the laser cutter worked, how to make curved pieces, how to construct the roller coaster, and see how well the concept worked. In terms of how it looked, I wasn’t too concerned with how it might look, rather I was focused on the form and the function.
While other projects certainly have had design iterations, this project by far had the most “loops” that I’ve had to work with. Other projects that I’ve faced were very long loops and were iterated only a couple of times. The upcycle project differed in how much time I spent analyzing my art piece and come up with new solutions. This is because of the material I had at hand. It’s hard to come by very large singular piece cardboard. When I had laser cut and engraved the piece, it was my opinion to avoid cutting new pieces and use the material I had at hand. Thus, I needed to consider how to not ruin the cardboard with every cut (after the laser cutter).