This DIY Marble Machine Toy Explores Fantastical Architecture

By: Laura McQuarrie - May 5, 2016
References: thingiverse
'The 3D-Printed Marble Machine #3' is an imaginative marble maze toy created by user 'Tulio' on Thingverse. While many marble mazes are restricted to being designed on a flat plane and end up adopting a simple rectangular form, this one makes the most of 3D printing in order to create dynamic paths for marbles to travel on.

As complicated as the design may seem, there are only three inner components that make up the design—a Turncap, a Spiral and a Lockcap—as well as the outer track that keeps the entire unit together. As a sculptural printed piece, other Thingverse users have reported that the toy takes between about 17 and 48 hours to create, depending on the printer.

This 3D-printed Marble Machine toy is a perfect example of how maker culture is reviving interest in even the simplest low-tech classic toys.