This thing is my solution to the problem of needing too many "elevation" blocks to build bigger Gravitrax tracks.
The stock boxes contain only a few, and the large transparent platforms are sure a nice way to build elevated levels, but tend to get in the way, being so big.
I have found a few solutions out there to achieve the same result, but none of them really suited my need, since I wanted something that would:
- print faster (parts that could be printed horizontal, laying down)
- be modular (no big columns or bridges printed all in one piece)
- be fairly sturdy (not fall apart when marbles ran across it)
- be hollow (allow for tracks and jumps to happen below the elevated plane)
- be compatible with my 6-Exit Basic Tile variation
I am supplying different heights of pillars, each height (apart from the 140mm one which I needed specifically for a project I'll be sharing in a while) is 30mm longer than the previous one. I found this to be very convenient when building tracks.
I am also supplying 2 versions of each pillar, a standard one and a tight one. The tight ones are a tighter fit to the parts the pillars are inserted into, they provide more sturdiness but might be hard for a child to pull apart. I suggest printing one 35mm pillar of each type (it is the shortest one and fastest to print) and test it to decide which ones work best for you.
You will need to print 3 pillars of the desired height and 1 platform to have a complete elevation module. Obviously, you will also need to print a 6-Exit Basic Tile.
Alternatively, if you have a large enough printer or if you decide to get this printed for you with one of the services Thingiverse provides, I have prepared a full 5-module tray (fit for a 300x300mm build plate) containing 5 platforms and 3 pillars of each height. The pillars included in this pre-assembled tray are the standard ones. If you decide to use the tight pillars you will need to use the individual STL files.
If you make this, it would be awesome to see pics of your makes!
Note: I am in no way associated with Ravensburger or Gravitrax, this is just a design that is compatible with the Gravitrax system that provides functionality the stock parts do not.
I do this just for mere fun, but if you find my projects useful to enhance your Gravitrax experience, consider the idea of tipping me, I'd really appreciate it! :)
All my custom designed parts in one track!