machine walls

a custom-built system of magnetic parts to make a chain reaction machine for use in hands-on museums, maker spaces and classrooms.

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about the exhibit component

Make your own chain reaction machine by arranging a series of ramps and tubes on a magnetic surface, creating new ways to move a ball from point A to B to C, and so on. The machines can also tell a story by layering images of familiar, iconic Rube Goldberg illustrations in the sequence. The component is constructed of solid Baltic Birch Plywood, HDPE plastics, galvanized steel sheet and polycarbonate plastics with graphics. This exhibit can be designed as a free standing component or placed against a flat wall. In the free-standing unit, the second side can be finished with wood and used for signage or fitted with additional magnet sheet to create a double-sided exhibit. All versions come with one of two challenge starter sets that include both fixed and movable elements. Help the mouse get some cheese includes two (2) fixed wheels with ramps and three (3) fixed baskets. Help the dog get a bone includes a set of fixed steps, one (1) fixed basket and one (1) fixed bell. Both sets include (6) 18” ramps, (6) 12” ramps and (4) flexible tubes. The double-sided version includes both the mouse and dog challenge. Additional sets of movable elements are available at an additional cost.

Cost: Single-Sided Machine Wall: $18,500.00
Free-Standing Machine Wall: $23,500.00
Double-Sided Machine Wall: $30,000.00
Size: 16’L; 4’ W; 5’H
overall dimensions can be modified to fit the installation site. Specific design details will be provided for owners approval prior to fabrication.

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