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Were you ever the kid that stuck the Tinkertoy sticks into the bottom of your Lego blocks, and made tiny hammers to bang around the house with? Looking back, if only there had been some way to channel that energy creatively, to build astounding creations out of all of the building systems you owned, why then you could have been an astronaut been an engineer gotten a job and moved out of the basement. Well, have no fear for your children and the future they face in the harsh cold reality of the world! Some fine freedom loving folks over at F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab have combined their forces for the good of mankind, and come up with the Free Universal Construction Kit--“a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between popular children’s construction toys”.

How can this be? Can all my favorites really be melded into one? How do I do this at home?

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“The Free Universal Construction Kit offers adapters between LegoDuploFischertechnik,Gears! Gears! Gears!K’NexKrinkles (Bristle Blocks), Lincoln LogsTinkertoysZome, 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 individual pieces of the differing systems were carefully analyzed using an optical comparator fitted to a digital read-out, accurate to less than one ten-thousandth of an inch. This ensures that all the adapter components have a precision, factory tight snap together fit.

Click for a poster size pdf.

 

Images are from Free Art and Technology, and lots more information is available there on their site. This wonder product was discovered via nerdcore.

 

 

 

 

  • Oh… my… god…!!!

    • texlenin

      That would be a great help keeping the
      car running, wouldn't it?

      • I wonder if they have a Duck-Tape adapter…?

        • texlenin

          You already know how to do that, Mr
          award-winning, glowy-eyed person!
          Rough sand with 60 grit
          slather on J-B Weld
          apply duct tape to surfaces to be
          joined.
          Done when dry!

  • Number_Six

    No Stickle Bricks? I, sir, am outraged.
    <img src="http://moblog.net/media/w/e/n/wendle/stickle-bricks.jpg&quot; />

    • Check the Krinkles link, I think they have you covered!

      • Number_Six

        Well tie me to the side of a pig and roll me in the mud! I apologize for my premature exclamation.

        • I kinda figured you just wanted to post a picture of your little buddy there.

          • Number_Six

            Actually, Stickle Bricks were shit. I hated when I went over to another kid's house and they had it instead of Lego.

  • BlackIce_GTS

    No Zaks, Linxx, or Construx? Nor these mysterious H-things which I am unable to identify?
    <img src="http://i44.tinypic.com/2nun94x.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic">

    Appropriately titled old PC game for accuracy scale.

    • FЯeeMan

      Oh, my! I had that game.

      I will give them credit, it did what it said on the tin!

  • No Erector set?

    I think I know what I'll be building soon for my daughter on the Dimension printer at work.

    • FЯeeMan

      To fit the other pieces to your Erector set requires nothing more than a drill & bit, my good fellow.

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