For ages kids have been playing with construction toys, but one point of irritation has been that there are several kinds of construction sets on the market and they can’t fit connect with each other. Until today, Kids weren’t able to connect Lego bricks with Tinkertoys or K’Nex, which might have limited their construction fantasies. Two companies, Sy-Lab and F.A.T. Lab therefore came up with a universal construction kit, which is a set that connects with any kind of construction toy.
Their universal construction kit has as many as 80 different adapter bricks, which you can download via Thingiverse. The bricks are all 3D printable and they can be used to connect ten different types of construction toys. They can help children to connect Lego, K’Nex, Tinkertoys, Zome, Gears! Gears! Gears!, Loncoln Logs, Fischertechnik, Zoob, Krinkles and Duplo.
F.A.T. Labs wrote the following on their blog:
“What if we want to make a construction which is half-Tinkertoys, half-K’Nex? Why shouldn’t we be able to? We dreamed about this possibility years ago, when we were small, and we knew then, as we know now, that we’d need some adapters to help. The advent of low-cost 3D printing has made such adapters possible, and with it, a vast new set of combinatorial possibilities for children’s creative construction toys.”
So what this basically is, is a free set which makes it possible for little children to connect their construction toys. Clever solution to your children’s problems and probably not too difficult to design. However, it took them numerous designs to get to their final ones. The set can be printed on 3D printers by MakerBot, RepRap, Ultimaker and Printrbot and oh, yeah: it’s an open-source thing, in other words: it’s for free. Take a look at their video, in which a child stresses out why his father’s invention could be useful: