Springfree Trampoline Model
Maker and role
Keith Alexander, Designer
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The model has a thick, circular, wooden base with a small hole in the centre for which the model can be attached to the carry case. The kebab sticks are placed on an angle around the edge of the base, following a groove etched into the surface. A white piece of fabric with black seams forms the mat. A small, spare piece of plastic tubing is attached to the base with a piece of clear cellotape.
The model is transported in customised black plastic pot and saucer which has been re-purposed for the object with slits on the each side and has a central screw hole in the button to attached to the model inside. The pot has drainage holes and raised star-shaped design. The model can be attached to the case with a small screw and washer.
The model, made by Dr Alexander in late 1997, shows how his innovative solution moves the standard metal frame, traditionally attached to the mat by metal springs at the same level, down to well below the mat. Here the metal frame is out of reach from jumpers above for a safer jumping experience. The standard horizontal metal springs are replaced with rods with spring inherent in the material and set at an angle. The kebab sticks in the model became fibreglass-reinforced plastic rods in the final product. The first full size trampoline was built by February 1998.
30 LTR 40 CM POT / FREEPHONE / 0800768728 I.W.P Embossed