The Free Universal Construction Kit

Posted by Suzie Wong | March 29th, 2012 Share

The Free Universal Construction Kit

The Kit in use, connecting four different systems together.

The Kit in use, connecting four different systems together.

Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can — and much more. The Free Universal Construction Kit by F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab  is a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or unmeetable—by corporate interests.

The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between Lego, Duplo, Fischertechnik, Gears! Gears! Gears!, K’Nex, Krinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, Zome, and Zoob. Our adapters can be downloaded from Thingiverse.com and other sharing sites as a set of 3D models in .STL format, suitable for reproduction by personal manufacturing devices like the Makerbot (an inexpensive, open-source 3D printer).

The complete Free Universal Construction Kit can also be downloaded in its entirety, as a 29MB .zip archive from the F.A.T. Lab web site, here. ❚ Flattr this

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