How to create a model of the recycling symbol using fischertechnik elements!

I play with different educational manipulatives for a living. (Visit www.weirdrichard.com). Over the years I have built different holiday themed models using all sorts of toys. To celebrate the earth, this instructable will describe how to create a model of the recycling symbol using fischertechnik elements! Building the symbol might get youngsters thinking about a greener way of life!

The universal recycling symbol is a well-recognized image used to designate recyclable materials. It is usually composed of three chasing arrows that form an unending loop. I am modelling a recycling symbol used by Taiwan. This symbol uses negative space to create arrows pointing outward.

Wikipedia's entry on recycling symbols:

Note: The CAD looking images were generated by LDraw/MLCAD and a fischertechnik elements library.

Step 1: Gather Your Parts

You will need to gather your elements. The fischertechnik elements are available from a range of kits available from ebay, Craig's List, or fischertechnik retailers.

Elements can be purchased individually from www.fischertechnik.com.

The List:

4 Angular Block 60 Degrees
8 Angular Block 30 degrees
2 Spring Cams
22 Building Block 30s
this reminds me of a swastika. maybe the new symbol for "recycle nazi"??
Actually,the swastika was used in Anatolian rugs to protect themselves from a nonexistent thing called the evil eye.The Germans flipped it around and gave it a different meaning.Now everyone associates swastikas with Nazis.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kilim.com/about_kilims/motifs/cross.asp">Cross and swastika motifs</a><br/>
Thats so true
mabye if you added some color (probably not red though)
It looks like a swastika in disguize...
Please see the other comments.
No. This model (and the recycle symbol itself) has no connection to the infamous swastika. No reference to "nazi" is implied. This is a touchy issue. fischertechnik is made in Germany.
i think people need to not be so "touchy" and lighten up. really.
No problem. I understand that your comment was made in jest.
I don't see the swastika bit, really, but I <em>do</em> see a totally awesome negative-space four-pointed white arrow coming out from the middle. It's like the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.thesneeze.com/mt-archives/000273.php">subliminal arrow in the FedEx logo</a>.<br/>

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