Discover the marble run, a fun and creative activity for all ages!
Marble racing is an activity that involves creating a path for rolling marbles. Marbles are usually made of glass, but can also be made of wood or metal. The course can be created from different materials, such as plastic tubes, wooden ramps or metal pipes.
The goal is to create an interesting and challenging path for the marbles, using different elements to change their trajectory, speed and direction. The courses can be simple or complex, depending on the age and experience of the players.
The marble run: an easy circuit
Small definition to start with: Marble Run is a game where the objective is to build a vertical path for your marble. You will place a ball at the top of the course to make it arrive at its end point. Simple. Basic.
Simple? Not so fast! You will take risks and gradually increase the complexity of your journeys. Be careful, you may lose your Dad for long hours. But some will surely be delighted to have free time? And some will be happy to avoid the quarter of an hour “tidy up your room! ”.
How to create your course? Nothing could be simpler: at Quark we offer several accessories to create an infinite number of marble courses. I invite you to discover together the accessories of the marble circuit. This is where it all begins!
A stainless steel ball for maximum quality
The marble run begins with a marble. At Quark, we have selected the highest quality ball on the market. These are industrial quality balls: a stainless steel ball. This is an object that will stand the test of time. Its weight is ideal for picking up speed and creating great experiences on your journey. The speed of your ball is key to creating intense experiences. You can take risks and make your marble fly. Watch out, we'll find out what's next.
The marble run linear rail
The stainless steel ball moves using linear rails. At Quark we use 3D printing to create durable and unique objects. Each of our kits contains several sizes of linear rails. Your ball can roll on the rail: simple, it's a guide. But you can also use your rail as a surface on which to bounce your marble. You can also create a vertical guide by placing two rails against each other. You see, creativity kicks in and you already want to take the Quark Ball in your hands!
Now that you have the basics of the marble run, you can imagine that you have to celebrate a victory to give meaning to this game. So to validate your course, your ball must cross a finish line. This is exactly the function that the object fulfills: arrival. Be careful, beware of cheaters! A ball which touches the point of arrival but which comes out of it is not a victory approved by the federation. We see you 👀
Warning, things are starting to get tough here. Your ball wanders along the rails, it can jump and take some risks. You will now have to master it. Control your speed and givea U-turn. It is an inspiring movement to watch. And it is also a practical accessory to control the size of your marble run. Then… 🤔 Let's face it. It's super stylish 😎.
The paddle wheel, a key accessory for the pegboard marble run
The waterwheel is the fun little accessory that gives color and rhythm. You will give a little extra soul to your marble run. This accessory gives you the opportunity to put colors on your Quark Ball. You are now going to pay attention to your construction and you are going to try to pass your ball through increasingly improbable places. All this to see your wheel turn. Naughty! 😏
You are already fascinated by your waterwheel. Wait until you discover the whirlwind ! This is an accessory that takes its time. If you choose to make your marble pass through a whirlpool, it is because you like to observe. Your ball will spin for a few moments and then end up falling into the central hole of the room. We have developed a small accessory to retrieve the ball from below the tourbillon. This last waypoint will allow you to bring the marble back to the main plane of the course. Nice no? 🤗
I saved the best for last! Warning the eyes ! The waterfall is an extreme accessory. I recognize that it takes a little time to install the waterfall. But when you discover how it works, you will immediately be hooked. The waterfall is a series of paddle wheels. Your ball will wander according to the forces acting on its path. All the paddle wheels touch each other in the waterfall. So as soon as a ball passes, it triggers many mechanisms. It makes a bit of noise so avoid this accessory in the middle of the night. Your wife or even your children will fall on you at breakfast otherwise 🥵.
Physics for Bac C
The youngest, bac C will not speak to you. But if your dad passed his baccalaureate before 1993, then he knows. The Quark Ball is an ideal gift for Father's Day because it's a way to return to the benches of the school. But I promise there won't be any bad marks here. Positive education has taken over in 2020. You are now free to learn at your own pace. Quark has your back! 💪🏽
Now that you know all the Quark accessories you think back to your physics class and think it would have been easier to learn gravity in class if you had had hands-on practice with a wall of Quark Ball. I thought about this. If this is also your case, we can create a WhatsApp group to talk about it with all Quarkos. 😇
The marble run for dummies
If your dad skipped physics in high school then he needs some remedial lessons. It does not matter, here we do not judge you. If your dad was at the back of the class and he preferred guitar to Einstein and magic cigarettes to integrals 🤨, then he needs your help.
For Father's Day, you have the opportunity to give him a gift that is out of the ordinary. The marble run will take your father back to childhood and give him a taste for physics. I promise, it will get there! This game is really powerful because it is simple and gives a lot of fun. You manipulate objects and try multiple combinations. You learn at your own pace and that's really the strength of a game that will stay with you for a long time. So do not hesitate to talk about it around you. 😋
A Made in France gift
You may know Quark. But if not, Quark is a workshop for creating modular furniture. Our religion is tidying up. What we like is to give a place to everyday objects while finding a certain pleasure in them. Objects must perform a specific function. But when this function no longer has a reason to exist, then modularity becomes an incredible asset for creating durable objects. Thanks to modularity, an object can find a new function. This is how Quark was born. 😆
Now that you've discovered Quark, you know more about our philosophy. Quark is also a production workshop in Paris 19th. All our objects are made in our workshop by our little hands 🖐🏾. Those currently typing these words. And who do not manufacture objects at the time when I speak to you. But this is another story.
The Quark Ball is a gift Made in France 🇫🇷. All the objects in this marble run are made in our workshop. Apart from the steel balls that we buy from our supplier in Germany 🇩🇪.
The parts of our marble run are 3D printed. We can thus choose the colors and mix them. The strength of 3D printing is to produce on demand. So we can cater to all your whims 😈. Do not hesitate to contact us directly if you have a special request, we will always be available for you Quarkos! 🤝
Local production values
Thanks to new additive manufacturing and digital control technologies, Quark has developed a new method of local manufacturing in a small 100m2 workshop in the 19th arrondissement of 📍Paris. When you join the Quark universe you become a Quarkos. Choosing the Quark Ball is therefore becoming a Quarkos and choosing local production.
But why is it so important? Local production reduces the environmental impact 🌳 of your purchase. Indeed, the carbon footprint is lower when you consume French products. And all this concerns all the products around you. From your food to your bed and your refrigerator.
In addition, local production represents a unique know-how. France is a country recognized for its historical know-how. In addition, it creates jobs and promotes artisanal and industrial activity in our country. Finally, local production guarantees a certain quality. French standards are not strict just to annoy companies. This is a guarantee of quality for the end customer.
No more mass production and gifts 🎁 that look alike. Place for creation and production on demand. If you want a kit in a single color, you can contact us directly. We will find with you the most relevant color for your project and we will launch a production just for you without additional cost. 🤑
With the Marble Run, Take Back Control
You now have a creative and effective way to make a historic Father's Day gift. I think you're going to spend some family time around the Quark Ball. And if you organize competitions? The person who creates the most complex course, the person who goes the fastest? And the person who loses does the dishes 🍽! It's nice isn't it? And then it settles the conflicts of household chores… We are persuasive, don't you think? 🏿 You will regain control of physics while having a unique story to tell.
Creativity is part of the marble run game. Indeed, at Quark we are convinced that there is no age limit for playing and even less for creating. Why stop dreaming 💭? To imagine? To hate ? There is nothing more beautiful than seeing the passion of a child in the eyes of an adult. And there is nothing sadder than seeing an adult who has lost his child's soul. So why deprive yourself ? Have fun, test, imagine, dream. With us it's about the dinosaurs 🦖 that make us dream. That's why we developed the Quarkosaurus or our T-REX Puzzles.
An evolutionary gift
In summary, the marble run is a fun and creative activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, you can have fun creating and rolling marbles in fascinating and challenging courses. So, what are you waiting for to get started in this exciting activity?