A few months ago, Project OpenBeam was started on kickstarter. It was an open source miniature construction system created by Terence Tam in Seattle, WA. Fortunately, his kickstarter was a complete success (3 times plus his original target!)
The OpenBeam “Basic Kit” samples have been sent. This included 1 meter of OpenBeam 1515 Extrusion, 2 "T" Plates, 4 "L" Plates, 1 pack of fasteners (100 pieces), 1 2mm Allen key. Basically, enough material is enough to build an iPad stand or a really cool picture frame. The contents have arrived, and we will be “unboxing” the components this Wednesday.
If this project was of interest to you too, stop by and see UNBOXING of “OpenBeam” Project Basic Kit from KickStarter and see the components with us as we see them for the first time.
OpenBeam is a low cost construction system aimed at the hobby and Maker market. OpenBeam is based around the metric system and 3mm building blocks. To keep the cost of the system low, it is designed to use standard M3 nuts and bolts, available at any good hardware store. No special fasteners are required.
T-Slot extruded aluminum framing systems have been in use throughout the manufacturing and automation industries for machine building, prototyping and robotics applications for the past 30 years. Unfortunately, all the vendors in this industry utilize a razor and blade business model; while the extrusions are priced low, they require the use of specialty nuts and plates, which can be priced as high as $3.00 per nut and $10.00 per joining plate.