reply to post by Walternate
you are clearly an ignorant individual if you think Fascinations made this. they are a US wholesaler and don't make ANY of the things they sell. i am
still working with both inventors and have increased float height (unladen) to 45mm. i am PERSONALLY INVOLVED in the development of this levitation
base and UFO model.
you, sir, are a troll. with absolutely no knowledge of anything regarding this project - you have posted incendiary comments on my thread. if you had
any decency - you'd retract your cancerous statements and apologize. i don't think you do and won't expect as much.
for those of you interested, here is where this project stands as of 5-20-12:
i have worked very hard to increase the float height without increasing the base size or thickness too much. currently, the base is 170x220x20mm. we
currently have an unladen float height of 45-47mm with a carrying capacity of 400g+ whereas the original base had an unladen float height of 25mm and
carrying capacity of 400g+. that is a 20mm increase which may not seem like a big deal but is actually a HUGE deal in terms of the science and physics
this was accomplished, in part, by going to an all neodymium magnet design. the problem with neo magnets is that they are considerably more expensive
and the market/price is dynamic. however, performance is more important to me than price.
other company *in the world* who can claim 45mm float height in a similar-sized base is Crealev Technologies. i have contacted
them about the price of their base and they responded with this:
Thank you for you interest in our levitation technology.
The CLM-2 is our biggest levitation unit, which can hold up a weight up to
10Kg with a levitation height of 30-90 mm.
It costs 4800 Euro (delivery 4-6 weeks).
Our smaller levitation unit is the CLM-1+ which can hold up a weight up to
1Kg with a levitation of between 18-44 mm.
The CLM-1+ costs 480 Euro (delivery time within 2 weeks).
Our lamps are sold via the webshop on our website: www.floating-lamps.com
Both the "Silhouette" as the "Eclipse" cost Eur 980.
All prices are EX Works, and from 10 units onwards we offer a discount of 20%.
For quantities above 250 there is a 50% rebate.
We are based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Shipment and handling for CLM-1+ (up to 3 pcs) costs 50 Euro.
Shipment and handling for the CLM-2 varies between 100-200 Euro.
so, for the CLM-1+ that is about $675 USD (incl. s&h according to today's currency conversion for the Euro) for ONE
base if i used their
system. this price does not include the custom-machined aluminum UFO.
i believe my custom base system will cost less than a third of that amount. i am trying to keep the entire price (incl. UFO) to around $300 but the
neo magnet prices are predicted to go up 15% in the next 2 months and another 10% in the following 2-3 months (according to my manufacturer). my
profit margin is ridiculously small as it is and i wouldn't be able to absorb that high of an increase. neo prices last May were 2x higher than they
are now (they came back down in Feb) but now they are going up again...
the UFO has been refined to perfection and i have a lovely 3D printed plastic version here. the expensiveness of the UFO is based on primarily two
1 - machining it out of a solid block of aluminum
2 - etching the 'port holes' on a 4 axis CNC
sure - i could make cheap plastic discs or stamped non-ferrous metal ones, but they would compromise the integrity of the piece and look like crap.
when you hold this machined disc in your hands - it screams QUALITY. then to see it silently levitate over a sleek gloss black acrylic base as high as
it does - that is MAGIC.
sorry this is taking so long, but i am trying to get one more major refinement done to the bases before i can go to Kickstarter with the project. the
thing is - i am coordinating with people all over the globe and am at their mercy regarding time they have available to work on their contributions to
this project. this base has gone through about 11 revisions to get where it is today, and the UFO has gone through nearly as many. i am very happy to
say that it is worth the wait and effort. it is truly magical.
for those interested - stay tuned.
edit on 20-5-2012 by h4y6d2e because: (no reason given)
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