Walter Mason’s obsession with marble runs began years ago, while trying to find a high-quality version for his son. Frustrated with the options, he decided to make his own: a multi-piece wooden track that could be hung from anywhere — a stairwell, a tree branch, a bunk bed.
In 2011, he launched a Kickstarter project to create one of the longest marble runs in the world. He was then able install a three-story, 238 meter-long track at Modulor in Berlin, and another at the Phæno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Through the project, Walter met an engineer who sold him the CNC router he eventually used to launch Formcut, the business he founded four years ago. It’s also the tool he’s using to make the pieces for Anaconda and Boa, two new marble run kits he’s creating for Kickstarter Gold that can be assembled at home.
“I’ve been dreaming of using my machine to produce a better version of my original invention,” Mason says. “Whenever I had time between jobs, I would tweak the design and try to move it forward.”