Crowdsourcing Mornings Stuff

Crowdsourcing Mornings: The Venn Puzzle


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

The Venn Puzzle is a surprisingly difficult dexterity challenge and an intriguing addition to your desk, shelf, or coffee table.  The process of assembling the Puzzle can offer a meditative break during your day, or occupy your hands while in conversation or deep thought.  The Venn Puzzle is comprised of three identical pieces of die-cast stainless steel. While the finished object appears simple, the design and manufacturing process was, in fact, our most complicated to date.  Use it to challenge your friends, to surprise a puzzle lover, or simply to ponder the density of solid stainless steel.

The assembled Venn Puzzle creates a perfect sphere — so each piece makes up one-third of the sphere by volume. These pieces are cast from molten stainless steel in a ‘die’ or mold at temperatures over 2500°F.  The Venn Puzzle is very similar in size to a standard pool ball (2.25 inches), but nearly five times the weight. Each individual piece weighs almost 10 ounces and the full puzzle weighs one pound 10 ounces.  The Venn Puzzle is the most complicated production project we’ve ever tackled. We have been developing the product for the better part of 2 years: fine-tuning the geometry, finding the right manufacturing partner, and refining the finishing process. We are finally ready to to go into production and planning to finance our first run with this campaign.

As of October 5th, this project has raised $93,000 of their $10,000 goal. This project has 12 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $85, you will get one Venn Puzzle.  For a pledge of $140, you will get two Venn Puzzles.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craighill/the-venn-puzzle?ref=home_new_and_noteworthy

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