MakerBeam Crowdfunded Open Source Building Kit Answered
MakerBeam is a project to build a toy and tool for the open source imagination. Based on Mini-T, a new open source standard, MakerBeam will develop a construction toy for our times: open source precision hardware equally at home doing desktop fabrication or serving as a drawbridged castle for action figures.
The fully developed MakerBeam line of connectors will make for an unsurpassed builder's toy and maker kit. Connectors, pivots, hinges, pulleys, cables, wheels, slot-in PCBs, and ALL of it open source, with the models published under Creative Commons licenses.
Mini-T is a scaled-down version of T-slot, a building system widely used in automation, prototyping, and machining. This miniature building system will bring the strength and precision of T-slot to a modeling system, allowing serious robotics, CNC machines, and more to be built at a desktop scale.
MakerBeam is being built now; we are raising funds and building our Alpha and Beta teams through Kickstarter, an innovative site for crowdfunding. We are nearly 80% of the way to our funding goal, and every extra dollar we raise will go to improving the project for public release, aiming for Maker Faire 2010.
For more details including 3-d video of MakerBeam in action check out our Kickstarter page. Alpha kits, which are going fast, ship by Christmas, while Beta kits are projected for February. For even more info, and to contact, stop by the main site.