Like LEGOs on steroids.
Iconic toy systems like Tinkertoy, LEGO and K’NEX have served as building blocks for the Maker Movement for decades, inspiring young do-it-yourselfers to piece together bricks, interlock rods and connect wheels to whip up some incredible projects. And, it’s clearer than ever before that today’s DIY culture is spurring an appetite for modular tools, as seen with the rise of littleBits and open-source machines.
Embodying many of the same principles, UberBlox is a new high-quality metal construction set for Makers to devise rigid structures and automated machines. The prototyping system features a unique single-connector locking mechanism that uses a common tool to quickly and precisely lock each block to the next. Affixing the components together creates an accurate, strong and rigid frame that can be used for a variety of applications and structures.
Aside from the basic blocks, the set also includes a growing catalog of compatible and reconfigurable parts, such as moving components, sub-assemblies, motors, electronics and controllers based on popular boards like the Atmel based Arduino, for a complete solution. This provides even the most sophisticated Makers the ability to build impressive machines, ranging from 3D printers and CNC machines to various forms of robots as their knowledge and understanding of the UberBlox system increases.
What’s more, UberBlox allows Makers to quickly and easily test out new design concepts for either entire 3D printing systems or portions of them for that matter, without getting bogged down in the fabrication process.
In addition to just 3D printers, the modular system can also come in handy for those seeking to construct various types of robots, including manipulator arms, rovers, and humanoids.
“We believe the time is right to bring a sophisticated high-quality construction system and prototyping set, backed by great support and community engagement, to Makers of all levels,” explained UberBlox founder Alex Pirseyedi.
Indeed, the creative nature of the UberBlox concept makes the innovative system an ideal project for Kickstarter. The company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can watch its trailer below!