June 22, 2014

Gulliver's Gate LLC wants to bring to New York the world's most magical, interactive and technologically-advanced miniature park attraction in the world, created using 3D printing.

Gulliver's Gate, slated to come to New York's Times Square area in 2016, will be the largest, most intricate and immersive miniature attraction ever in the United States and among the most innovative in the world – all where a six-foot man stands 0.8 inches tall.

Based on Jonathan Swift's 18th Century novel, Gulliver's Travels, Gulliver's Gate will tap into people's fascination and wonder with the miniature in 21st Century fashion. Gulliver's Gate will be a "tiny, scale version of a world that's both real and fantastical," the team described it in its Kickstarter campaign.

You'll see a world in motion, with more trains, planes, cars, trucks, boats, and vehicles of all kinds, which will be constructed mainly using 3D printing, similar as the Fred Kahl's Coney Island Scan-A-Rama project, a 1:13 scale replica of Coney Island's famed Luna Park including hundreds of 3D prints.

Gulliver's Gate was created and co-founded by Eiran Gazit. Gazit is the Founder and was the first CEO of Mini Israel, a 14-acre outdoor miniature park depicting Israel's greatest treasures. Gazit's plan is to fill this 40,000 square foot indoor venue in Midtown Manhattan with 3D printed miniature attractions, making it one of the most ambitious 3D printing projects in the world.

Gulliver's Gate also will feature high level of interactivity with visitors. It will include embedded cameras, remote controlled vehicles, hot air balloons, even a space station shuttle. The display will include over 1,000 trains, 12,000 wagons and 10,000 cars.

In addition Gulliver's Gate will feature one of the most advanced model shops in the world where master craftspeople will help visitors build their own miniature displays using 3D scanning and 3D printing.

"This will become one of Manhattan's 'must see' attractions for locals and visitors alike," said Gazit. "It will be magical, enchanting, educational and inspiring, leaving the visitor with that special 'WOW' feeling only a place like this can create."

The company announced the launch of its Kickstarter campaign, seeking $150,000 to $200,000 for this phase and completion is expected by Fall 2014. The funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will allow for the development of the exact architectural and layout design to implement the project. The entire budget is estimated to be $5 million, excluding the site lease.

Backers donating $100 or more can attend a grand opening celebration where they will be scanned and 3D printed as a miniature citizen. Higher funding levels up to $2,000 award special gifts, including: customized limited edition steam locomotives, Walthers cabooses, and mini handheld telescopes.



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