This is brilliant. Someone has designed parts that let Lego, Tinkertoy, K’nex — and other systems that I’ve never even heard of — talk to each other.
Best of all, the designs are free. You can upload them to a 3d printer service (like Ponoko.com) and have them made.
Details and downloads here.
Leo decided he needed to start February vacation by building the jack-knife bridge. Amazingly, we got it to work without much trouble.
Detailed instructions are here:
We’ve been having a lot of fun with Tinkertoys lately. Leo got a set for his 4th birthday and it came at just the right time. Today I found an old “Direction and Idea Book” from 1959 (made by The Toy Tinkers, a Division of A.G. Spalding & Bros. Inc., Evanston, Illinois). The little drawings are hilarious. It tells you, in a humorous way, not to get them wet how you can fix them when they break.
I’ve got three different sets of instructions that I’m posting (each is four pages long — clicking on the images should give you a bigger-than-screensize image that you can build from).
I’ve just added PDFs for all these manuals. If you enjoy them enough, why not add a $1 or $2 to our “Tinkertoy Manual Fund” — we’ll post & scan new manuals as we find them! Or maybe we’ll just buy an ice cream cone!
The full basic manual (and donation link) is below
The intermediate-level manual is here
and the advanced manual is here
(click on photos to link to larger images from the basic manual)