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November 24, 2009 AT 1:32 am

MakerBeam (photos)

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MakerBeam is a toy and tool for the open source imagination. Build a fire-breathing robot dinosaur, a miniature CNC machine, a remote control car, whatever your overclocked brain can produce! Or build a castle, or that perfect enclosure to hold the circuitry for your custom electronics project.

If you want to, scale it up! Scale by a factor of 2.5, 4, or 6, and your design can be rendered full-sized with easy, automatic conversion of parts.

Not only a tool for adult geeks to make incredible fun stuff, it’s also a fantastic way for children to do the same thing! If they’re getting a little tired of Tinkertoys and are old enough for LEGO, they’re ready for MakerBeam.

Mini-T is a miniature version of larger T-slot building systems. It consists of extruded aluminum beams, 10 mm on a side, and various connectors and panels that slot into the sides of the beam, making up the full MakerBeam system.

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