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2012

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2021

  • You found it!

Free Universal Construction Kit Construction Toy

This is a construction toy. It was designed by Golan Levin and Shawn Sims and manufactured by 3D Systems and printed by Scott Summit. It is dated 2012 and we acquired it in 2016. Its medium is resin . It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Free Universal Construction Kit consists of nearly 80 adapter bricks connecting 10 popular construction toys. Users can download the files from various sharing sites and print them on a Makerbot or other personal 3D printer. The Kit demonstrates that reverse engineering is “a creative process in which anyone can develop the necessary pieces to bridge the limitations presented by mass-produced commercial artifacts.”

This object was donated by Golan Levin. It is credited Gift of 3D Systems.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (largest connector): 10.8 x 9.8 x 8.6 cm (4 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.) All remaining connectors are under 7.6 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm (3 in. x 3in. x 3 in.) Sample object made with kit: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5 in. x 5 in. x 5 in.)

Cite this object as

Free Universal Construction Kit Construction Toy; Designed by Golan Levin and Shawn Sims; USA; resin ; H x W x D (largest connector): 10.8 x 9.8 x 8.6 cm (4 1/4 x 3 7/8 x 3 3/8 in.) All remaining connectors are under 7.6 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm (3 in. x 3in. x 3 in.) Sample object made with kit: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm (5 in. x 5 in. x 5 in.); Gift of 3D Systems; 2016-2-1-1/57

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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