Creative Machines Featured on AZ Weekend!

We have been featured by KOLD News 13‘s Arizona Weekend blog! Thanks so much for coming down to shop and learning about what we do and sharing our story with the community and beyond. Here is the video they made after visiting our workshop in south Tucson and talking with Creative Machines Founder, President, and Artistic Director Joe O’Connell.  ⭐️ See the full article here → This inventive Tucson business is an engineer’s paradise

“All Systems Go” Fabrication Continues

Over the last few weeks, All Systems Go has been taken apart, powder coated in an array of bright colors, and put back together again with all its finishing touches. After the machine was reassembled we began the testing phase where the machine runs for 1,000 hours prior to leaving our shop. This process allows us to notice any kinks that may arise and gives us an opportunity to fix any technical issues that may occur before we deliver the sculpture to our client. This ball machine will be installed in the brand […]

Cayton Children’s Ball Machine Fabrication Update

All Systems Go is a brand new interactive ball machine going into Cayton Children’s Museum by Sharewell (formerly known as Zimmer Children’s Museum). This ball machine is loaded with an array of interactive devices and functions. It’s equipped with hand cranks, foot pedals, a bouncy seat, and special gears to twist and turn that will change the course of the circulating golf balls depending on how the user decides to interact with the machine. The machine is designed to illustrate to young museum-goers the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. […]

New Ball Machine for Cayton Children’s Museum

Fabrication has begun on a brand new, state of the art ball machine for Zimmer Children’s Museum by Sharewell, which is reopening as The Cayton Children’s Museum in late spring 2019! (#TheCaytonIsComing!) This highly specialized and interactive ball machine titled All Systems Go helps illustrate and promote healthy living through exercise, rest, and healthy eating. The interactive components follow the idea that if you exercise and treat your body well, good things happen! Here are some photos of the first stage of fabrication! Stay tuned for more as this interactive rolling […]

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2018

2018 has been a great year for Creative Machines! We have installed our public art pieces in extraordinary cities around the country, begun sculpture and exhibit projects for awesome new clients from all over, and have strived to create fresh pieces that push the boundaries of what we have done in the past. Here are some photographic highlights from our projects that dominated 2018! PUBLIC ART Camaraderie is a series of three monumental sculptures nestled outside a veteran’s clinic in San Jose, CA. The piece was inspired by the strong […]

Perpetual Nephron Machine Debuts at Kidney Week 2018

Here are some photos of the Perpetual Nephron Machine complete at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego! The complete sculpture measures in at 14ft high, towering over visitors and creating a beacon to the Krystexxa booth at the event. Look back at past posts about Perpetual Nephron Machine for more information on the project and for behind the scenes photos: Fabrication Part 1, Fabrication Part 2, Fabrication Part 3, Fabrication Part 4.

Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Completed

Here are the final stages of fabrication of the Perpetual Nephron Machine! After these photos were taken, the machine was broken down and shipped to San Diego to premiere at Kidney Week 2018. Kidney Week is hosted by the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) which leads the fight against kidney diseases by educating health professionals. The Perpetual Nephron Machine is designed to describe the process of uric acid removal in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and gout using the drug Krystexxa. Look back at past Perpetual Nephron Machine fabrication […]

Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 3

Perpetual Nephron Machine is really coming together! It has moved out of the fabrication shop and into our clean assembly area after a fresh coat of paint was added to the frame and tracks. Here the electronics team is working on placing the intricate LED lighting and getting the timing of the balls rolling perfectly. Check out past blog posts about the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine here and here!

Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 2

Here are more behind the scenes photos from the making of Perpetual Nephron Machine! This ball machine illustrates how the drug Krystexxa works in the human body and made its debut at Kidney Week 2018 in San Diego, California. In these photos, you can see the fabrication team working on both the top and bottom halves of the 14 ft tall sculpture as well as both pieces joined together. Also pictured are the beginning stages of the frosted acrylic coming together along with the colorful LED lighting, a signature component […]

Perpetual Nephron Machine Fabrication Part 1

We recently began construction on a new ball machine for Kidney Week 2018 called The Perpetual Nephron Machine. The ball machine is designed to describe the process of uric acid removal in patients with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and gout using the drug Krystexxa. Ball machines can be a great way to illustrate abstract processes that take place inside the human body. Here are some behind the scenes photos of the beginning stages of fabrication of this rolling ball sculpture. Be sure to stay tuned for more documentation of this […]

Franklin Institute Ball Machine: Part 4

Our newest kinetic ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, is coming together quite nicely! All of the parts and pieces have been painted in bright, bold colors and installed into the frame. The machine is currently in testing to make sure all of the kinetic properties are working without any glitches. Here are some photos of many of the fun details and contraptions that make this rolling ball sculpture tick! It even circulates golf balls for an added touch of whimsy! Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new […]

Franklin Institute Ball Machine Fabrication Continues

Newton’s Convergence is starting to come together into its final form! We just had the entire frame painted in a vibrant blue powder coat. Here are some shots of the dual-frame kinetic sculpture coming together right before the colorful devices and balls are added. Stay tuned for more exclusive photos from us as this new machine nears completion! Look back at past updates on this project: HERE and HERE.

Cathedral Coaster Gets Painted and Installed

Cathedral Coaster, our newest kinetic ball machine creation, received a fresh powder-coating in vibrant shades of blue, yellow, orange and purple! The machine has made its way to its new home Reims, France and is ready to delight young patients at American Memorial Hospital. Check out past fabrication updates HERE & HERE. Check out some shots below!

Franklin Institute Ball Machine Update: Part 2

The newest addition to The Franklin Institute’s array of clever, interactive exhibits is underway in our workshop here in sunny Tucson, AZ. This ball machine, Newton’s Convergence, celebrates physics, kinetic energy, and all things Isaac Newton. This rolling ball sculpture features an array of fun devices from loop-de-loops to hammer-bells and is filled with jaw-dropping twists and turns! Here are some photos of the kinetic sculpture coming together in our workshop! Look back the first fabrication update HERE.

Cathedral Coaster Fabrication Update

The ball machine crew has been busy putting together our newest kinetic rolling ball sculpture, Cathedral Coaster, for American Memorial Hospital in Reims, France. The kinetic sculpture will feature a variety of devices, including hammer-bells, loop-de-loops, ball lifters, swinging-birds and spiral helixes. We have lots of photos from the ball machine fabrication shop of this whimsical sculpture coming together below! Be sure to check out the last blog post about this project HERE to see the very beginning stages of fabrication.

New Ball Machine for The Franklin Institute!

We’ve just begun fabrication of a brand new ball machine to be installed in The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, one of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the US. This machine titled Newton’s Convergence will be replacing the popular and well-loved Newton’s Dream ball machine that was installed in the museum in 1990. This new kinetic sculpture will delight thousands of museum visitors of all ages for many years to come. This rolling-ball sculpture will feature two large individual chambers and 18 awe-inspiring devices (two of which will […]

Cathedral Coaster Ball Machine Fabrication Begins

Our Cathedral Coaster Ball Machine is in production! This new rolling ball sculpture was commissioned by American Memorial Hospital, a hospital located in Reims, France that specializes in pediatric medicine. This kinetic machine celebrates the rich history of the region with a depiction of Reims Cathedral integrated into the structure among many other whimsical elements. Here are some photos of the first stages of this kinetic ball machine coming together.

Year in Review — A Look Back at 2017

2017 has been a busy year for us at Creative Machines. Wings Over Water won Best Art Installation in Houston Press’s Best of Houston 2017 issue. MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, for whom we built the endless array of interactive exhibits, won Best Museum + Best Family Fun Spot for 2017 for the Santa Barbara Independent’s Best of Santa Barbara issue, among other recognitions. These projects wouldn’t be successful without the support of the communities that continuously engage with our work, and for that we thank you. […]

Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus Installed!

Incrediball Journey through Stanford Campus is a new Ball Machine Sculpture recently installed in the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital! The balls travel through this custom machine and give viewers the opportunity to experience Stanford Campus in an entirely new way. As visitors watch, the ball travels along the track, passing many of the artistic, academic, historical and memorable places on the campus, reimagined as small ball machine devices and models. We’re very excited to see this project finally complete!

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