Beco Blocks

by r3becca, published

Beco Blocks by r3becca Mar 8, 2010

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Beco Blocks are 3d printable, snap together, ball and socket based building blocks.

Initially created as a prototype for another ball and socket based project, these blocks functioned so well I decided to make a number of variations to allow the creation of more complex objects.

Created at Robots and Dinosaurs, the Sydney, Australia hackerspace.


Remove supports after printing with wire cutters then see what things you can make.

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I'm happy to take requests for designing new block types. So if you have a project in mind that requires a specific kind of Beco block which you think should exist but doesn't then let me know and i'll do my best to make it real.
Please provide plenty of details and ideally a sketch of what you want.

How about a non-flat piece, like a tetrahedral piece?
I've been thinking about this a while, so I may eventually get around to making it myself if someone doesn't beat me to it.

Awesome! Printing some right now. If anyone wants a ZIP of all these STLs properly centered and aligned, here: http://filedrop.natetrue.com/beco_centered.ziphttp://filedrop.natetrue.com/b...

2 new pieces added, the Socket-ball-ball and Socket-triball.

I have added a new block type, the quad-ball-cross.
More to come!

Since my STL models are not very conductive to the creation of derivative works I am re-modeling the ball and sockets in AOI and providing the AOI files. This will easily allow someone to copy-paste the model into another AOI project and use Boolean operations to integrate them.

What did you draw them in originally? What is the diameter of the ball?

They were originally drawn in AOI but very hurriedly. The diameter of the ball joint sphere is 11.8mm.

Reminds me of http://www.stikfas.com/http://www.stikfas.com/ . I've always wanted a Stickfas dragon, I guess I'll have to see what I can scrape together.

Interesting, i guess it would be pretty easy to make Stikfas clones with Beco block joints.