MOLA: a new way to study and teach structural behavior

by Angelo Dell'Olio
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Mola is an interactive physical model that simulates the behavior of architectural structures. The model consists of a set of modular pieces, which are connected through magnetism, allowing countless combinations.

 

With Mola you can build different structural systems, visualize the movements and deformations of its elements and have a sensory experience with structural behavior using your own hands.

The model requires no prior technical knowledge for you to start studying the structures. Its use is very simple and intuitive and is applicable to both professional and students, as well as anyone interested in the subject.

In 2014 Márcio Sequeira de Oliveira's Team launched the first Mola Structural Kit on Catarse and the result was amazing and made Mola, at the time, the most successful crowdfunding campaign in Brazil. More than 1,500 people have trusted their idea and helped us to create a new way of studying and teaching structures through Mola Structural Kit 1.

 

With the support of Catarse people and their first customers who pre-purchased the Mola 1, we could set up a company and continue the project. Today there are more than 4,000 kits scattered in more than 50 countries.

Their goal when creating Mola was to assist the teaching and learning of structures, in a more playful and intuitive way, expanding the knowledge of students, professionals and lay people on the functioning of the structures that surround us, , and they did it! So comes to life Mola Structural Kit 2, an expansion to Mola 1, that further broadens its combining possibilities. Mola 2 comprises 144 pieces, a metal base and a bilingual manual book (Portuguese and English) that will guide you through a series of examples of different structural systems.

All the team started from a crowdfunding campaign successfully completed in October 2014. Even with all their achievements, they're still a small company that works hard to deliver the best possible experience with Mola Structural Kits.

For their product to continue transforming the way we study structures we need your help. If you are not a member of their community of supporters and users, you can join in this campaign by purchasing one or more rewards listed above and becoming part of the history of Mola.

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