This is exactly like the toy you remember, only bigger and with more options. Each plate is cut from 3mm clear acrylic, is 7" (18cm) across, and includes a variety of gears in several sizes. The individual plates work as self-contained sets, or they can be combined with each other to make an ever-increasing number of different patterns.
The laser-cut plates will be shipped directly from Ponoko to you, which means that you'll need to provide your own pins, pin-board (I recommend foamcore), and pens. NOTE! This drawing tool uses pins with sharp points. It is not recommended that you give it to a small child (or foolish grown-up person) who might eat the pins. Eating pins is pretty much always a bad idea.
There's a slightly longer discussion of pins and pens on my page of notes, which also addresses the problem of pen-skid: http://polychroma.com/spiro-info.html
This listing is for two plates: 80 and 75. However, if you'd like a different set of two (or even two of the same), please send me a message. There are a lot of possible patterns once you combine the parts from both plates. I've made a printable PDF of inside patterns, which may be found here: http://polychroma.com/spiro/patternguide.pdf
Material options and prices (All prices are in US$ and exclude shipping costs):This item is available in the following options:
Made from 3mm clear acrylic.
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