September 26

News : Pinball Wizards: Creators Of The PinBox 3000 Turn Cardboard Into Tabletop Pinball Machines : VPR


A tabletop pinball system made of recycled cardboard. Laser cut parts, customizable play boards, and gravity-powered. Tilt the future!

This project just came to my attention as the company started a follow of Pinball Supernova on my Twitter feed.

Pinbox 3000 is a pinball kit, made out of cardboard that is customizable to your own preferences of theme, layout, game play, etc.  It looks quite fun and enjoyable to be able to build your own pinball machine especially on the cheap.  This would be a great project for a parent and child to do together.  It would be a nice way to get the child interested into pinball and the hobby.

VPR has posted a story about the Pinball 3000 creators and the product.

Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

Ben Matchstick and Pete Talbot,  the founders of Cardboard Teck Instantute and the creators of PinBox 3000, spoke toVermont Edition Wednesday about their pinball project.

“We started from the bottom up, and used our abilities at bending cardboard and using a laser cutter to prototype this machine,” Matchstick explains. “We never really started with a box. We started with engineering.

“And there were no 3-D programs when we created this, so we just kind of used our hand-and-eye skill that we’ve been using over the last 10 years when we work with cardboard.”

The PinBox 3000 measures 2 feet by 14 inches and “it’s all rubber-band powered and gravity fed,” Matchstick explains.

“All the pinball players, when we take it to the conventions, say this plays very well and you can hit all your shots like a normal pinball machine,” Matchstick says. “You can call your shots. You can customize it.

“Each game comes with two interchangeable play fields that you can switch out, so it is a system of play. The play fields act like cartridges, so this is the Xbox of cardboard.”

Read the rest of the story below :

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