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 rings and 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
Plate 80 contains gears 80, 64, 50, 42, and 24. Any smaller gear can be used to draw inside the cut-out opening from any larger gear, so there are lots of possible combinations! All the patterns shown in this group were drawn using parts from this plate only.
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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