Electric Motor? – Marble Machine X #114




I am attaching an electric Motor to power the Marble Machine X,
The primary reason is to exclude human errors in the power input while calibrating the musical timing. The Electric motor provides a constant torque and will increase the accuracy of these timing tests. The Motor is placed on a temporary location just to make these tests. (i wouldnt put it there in plain sight if it was included in final design)

The secondary reason to include a motor in the would be the extra tightness of the music, enabling stage dive mode and frees up my hands to control the machine. Or play guitar solo with the Marble Machine X backing me up.

Adding an electric motor permanently to the drive train changes the identity of the Marble Machine X quite a lot and it is not a decision i make easily. I have been actively against this during the whole development process but perhaps, perhaps, the identity change is for the better when all pros and cons are added up. Steam punk level decreases, musical tightness increases. And what cons would actually outweigh the stage dive mode pro?

Do we want nostalgia or do we want groove?
Do we want to be very principal about aesthetics or do we want to go for functional?
These are the eternal questions we can entertain ourselves with in this process.
With the motor hidden away inside the machine and with Alex CNCs magical electric skills allowing the motor to act as a helper maybe we can have the best of both worlds.

The longer i work on the project the more i tend to go for function over form – we have built so much attitude into the design already that we wont risk killing it all by making things a bit easier at this stage. But again, motor is a fundamental change.

Huge thanks to Alex:

►Alex Füßl | Alex CNC | Munich, Germany
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But for the timing tests that are up next there is no question – this motor will be a game changer for MMX accuracy. Even when only used for calibration and the machine is manually cranked afterwards.

Take care and good luck with everything you are doing / Martin

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