Monday, March 19, 2012

The Free Universal Construction Kit - One kit, infinite connection possibilities? (And another great reason to get a 3D printer?)

Make: - Universal Adapter Set for Construction Toys

"Not a physical product, of course, but a physible one, consisting of almost eighty free 3D models from anonymous designers at the Free Art and Technology collective :


..." - The Free Universal Construction Kit

Ever wanted to connect your Legos and Tinkertoys together? Now you can and much more. Announcing the Free Universal Construction Kit: a set of adapters for complete interoperability between 10 popular construction toys.

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s 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 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 Free Universal Construction Kit 3D models are freely available in .STL format from three locations:

  • Individual adapters from the Free Universal Construction Kit may be downloaded from — the world’s foremost website dedicated to the free sharing and remixing of user-created digital design files.
  • 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.
  • We expect the Kit to be available shortly from The Pirate Bay, as a torrent in TPB’s new "physibles" (physical downloadables) channel.


So not only is the 3D printable designs free, but they've even provided a poster too.


Really, I think it's getting close to that time where I really need a 3D printer. I mean, who doesn't need or want this kit? :)

NOTE: Do not turn this project title into an acronym. I was going to use it in the post title, but when actually I saw it, I laughed and moved on..."The FU.." oh... um... yeah.  :P

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