Classic Building System

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The ENGINO ®  classic building system is perhaps the most advanced and versatile three dimensional construction toy in the market today. The patented design of the parts allows connectivity of up to 6 sides simultaneously, while the unique extendable components lead to builds that were previously unthinkable, unleashing children’s creativity and imagination. The progressive building capability from simple to advanced is a consistent characteristic of all ENGINO ®  solutions, from tangible plastic parts to lesson plans and software, and it is at the core DNA of our pedagogical philosophy. 

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1. Building in one direction…

The ENGINO® rods can be connected in-line without the need of an intermediate connector, almost reducing to half the quantity of parts required to build models as compared to other systems. This is because the connecting plug geometry is already embedded in each rod. The biggest advantage in requiring half the number of parts, besides simplicity, is the fact that a child will need half the time to build the model and have more time to spare for being creative in trying his own ideas. 

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2. Building in two directions…

The same rods which can be joint horizontally in-line can also be connected vertically sideways! The same plug geometry can click on any of the bi-directional side-holes of the rods, meaning that children can build without needing a new component- in two directions! Even though this is a big advantage by itself, the biggest innovation is that the rods can snap assemble on both sides of the rods simultaneously, something that greatly enhances the expandability of the system and reduces even more the number of parts needed to construct a model.

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3. Building in three directions…

The Classic ENGINO ®  system consists of “rods” and “connectors”, even though in reality these “connectors” share the same geometrical designs and are just another type of “rod”! These “connectors” have a multiplier effect, and enable another reduction in the number of parts needed to construct a model. In most cases this means 4 times less parts are required to build a model as compared to other building systems. In effect, this results into creating a model 4 times faster while making it 4 times easier to modify and experiment! 

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4. Building in fixed angles… 

Modelling real-life machines and buildings requires also connecting components at an angle other than 90 degrees. The system includes 45-degree angular parts, which with the same ease can snap-fit on the rods and connectors to create more complex models.  

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5. Triangulating… 

To make a frame stronger a technique called Triangulation is used, something which is clearly visible in many large bridges and wooden structures. With ENGINO ® , triangulation is very easy to achieve, ideally with side-lengths of 15 units. Converting a structure from a flat two-dimensional shape to a three-dimensional one, for example adding pillars on floors when making a model of a house, is straight forward with ENGINO ® . Simply snap a rod directly on the ELBOW or TEE connectors! These provide a change in the plane of building, without having any elements protruding, allowing also easy modification at any time without having to substitute these connectors with different ones. 

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6. Connecting in every angle… 

The potential of the system is unleashed by “cloning” the innovative geometries to pivoted joints. A specially designed component acts as a pivot (called internally “swing rod”) and allows any angle of the 3D space to be created, not restricted by 45 or 90 degrees!

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7. Connecting everywhere… 

ENGINO ®  rods can connect one after the other and achieve longer sizes, however these are restricted by the size of the smallest part, our unit dimension of 12.7mm. But how can a child build creatively when they want to freely triangulate a model, and the hypotenuse length is not matching the unit’s multiple? This is an unsolvable problem, and no building system has so far managed to solve it.  Based on Pythagoras theorem we should cut short a component to reach the required length, but this is of course not possible. At ENGINO ®  we like to keep things simple for kids and assign the hard, engineering problems to our researchers.  An innovative solution has been developed, our extendable rods. With just 2 pieces that interlock, kids can twist and extend creating any length possible! This amazing feature, when combined with the pivoted joints, can lead to the creation of any triangular shape and to constructions that were previously inconceivable. The extendable rod replaces the need of numerous other components and maximizes the building capabilities of the system.

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8. Connecting DIY surfaces…

The assembled components of ENGINO ®  have a flush surface with no connectors protruding. This has been designed on purpose for a very unique and specific reason: To allow children to cover their models with flat panels without obstructions. These panels can be from paper, acrylic or wooden materials, which kids can draw, paint and cut to their own ideas, making the models more realistic. This feature is the first step into the maker-space era providing a bridge between construction toys and real DIY projects. Surfaces can attach very easily on ENGINO ®  models by using the latest designed lock-pins, which secure the panels on the Engino rods with a simple click!

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9. Driving the Maker-space revolution…

The original problem ENGINO ®  tried to solve, was how to build models made from wooden sticks, for -what back in 2004- was a Design & Technology classroom. This inspired the design of plastic modular wood connectors that could be used either as part of a toy or as consumables in DIY projects. This technology was part of our ECOBUILDS line, which is no longer in production as it was too niche as a toy at the time it was launched. The latest trends however in education, with the Maker-space revolution, has resurfaced the need of wood connectors, which are now back in production for hobby engineers of all ages. The ENGINO ®  wood connectors are fully compatible with all other ENGINO ®  parts as they share same connecting features. This helps create hybrid models that combine plastic parts with wooden beams which can be cut at any size by the young craft-engineers. These wood connectors can also integrate with the DIY surfaces and their lock-pins, empowering open-ended projects for kids and adults alike!