Okay, I don't know how this will go, so I'm just going to put this out here and see what you think...
First, a little back-story...
Since my son Julien was very young (he's 10 years old now) I've bought him LEGO. While I certainly never bought every single kit ...I did buy many thousand of dollars worth.
Julien still plays with LEGO ...a lot (in fact, he even started his own Instagram account where he posts his unique creations).
Long story short...
I started to see the limitations of LEGO with his development. Now, don't get me wrong, LEGO is probably the #1 best toy to have ever been invented for kids - it's fantastic. But one of the downsides is that it just ...a toy.
Julien has tried to make real objects that can actually be used - but, unfortunately, because of the nature of LEGO ...there is no strength or rigidity. Similarly... there is Meccano, which is good for building stuff, but again there is no structure or ability to make something real or usable.
So, I thought it was time to roll-up-my-sleeves:
It's taken a little while and quite a bit of testing and tweaking - but I think what I've created is something special (yeah, I know, that sounds arrogant - but hear me out! :-D).
Starting with a solid billet of aluminum:
Next up I did some milling:
After a little more machining:
And finally after even more machining ...and some tumbling:
The cool thing about these is that they are STRONG!
Now, of course, I needed a few more shapes and sizes so Julien and I had something to actually build with. A few days later and we have this:
The first thing I did was hand these pieces to Julien and just see what he did.
A little while later and he comes down to the workshop and shows me this:
It's a little plane ...which I thought was pretty cool for his first go!
Next he made what he called a "screwdriver" and a "stand" for it to sit in:
I decided to try my hand at making some things that were more practical - and so here are a few creations I made yesterday and today...
Yeah, I know, it's so over-built it's ridiculous. But, hey, at least it's never going to break!
A cellphone stand:
After making the cellphone stand I thought a tablet stand was the appropriate next thing to make (since making the above stand I machined a new component to act as a "base").
This stand is not adjustable - but it should be easy enough to design and make a component that will allow this functionality.
Lastly, something I made this morning...
A full-on, 100% functioning (and super-powerful) slingshot:
So, yeah, that's the "crazy new invention" I wanted to show you.
It's only been a couple of days and I've already made a bunch of very functional and 100% usable things.
Take a look at these three parts:
Now, believe it or not...
Each construction above was made from just these three different components (apart from the tablet stand which used a fourth component as the base). I find that amazing!
Imagine the designs that could be made as new component designs are added? 😀
Now, I know, I'm usually "The Titanium Guy" ...but I think there is something special about what is happening in the photos above with these aluminum parts.
I'm going to make a few sets (not decided how many parts are in a set yet) and offer them to you here. Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in.
Do you have any thoughts?
What would you envision yourself making?