by christinachun Dec 23, 2012
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I used to have an actual marble run set that looked nearly identical to that wen I was little, did you base this off anything?

I based the design off of the common marble run but since my build size isn't that large, it's not going to be compatible with any other sets since they are my own measurements.

Beautiful set. Did you end up using support material for the print? I was thinking of adding some gradual curves anywhere there is an overhang so I can print without the support material.

Yes, I used support material. I have been meaning to update the design a bit by shortening the the connecting ends to just use the extension pieces and reduce the large over hangs. I've learned a lot since I published this and will hopefully update soon.

Are the models updated by now, so that you can print without support?
Do you think the models can be scaled for other marble diameters or won't they fit anymore?

Reminiscent of Mousetrap, or (even moreso) Bing, Bang, Boing! we need to add tags for "Heath Robinson", or (in the USA) "Rube Goldberg" so that we can build bigger marble-course libraries!


a ramp that makes the marbles jump... and dont forget the neccesairy looping!

I didn't have time to add more parts due to my small build platform and wanted to give a gift of at least a basic marble run set. I would love to integrate moving parts but I'm not as experienced in that area (yet). I have a few ideas though and I'll be experimenting. Hopefully someone here will expand this marble run or make it better! :)

like it!
i had a marblerun like this made by my dad. entirely made from wood.

Thanks! I've seen the wooden ones and they are amazing! There's even a company now who hand makes wooden ones with xylophone pieces so it plays music as the marbles pass through!

This is awesome! I've had a marble run on my to-design list for months. Looks like you beat me to the punch.

These are so much fun! I didn't have time to print at decent settings due small build platform but it sure is fun. It's not perfect but hopefully I get a few helpful souls to improve this set over time!