Naef Building Block

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Naef Building Block by zhoujianfu Oct 2, 2012

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Kurt Naef's Building Blocks (1955) were among the first of his designs for children and a core component of his Basel-based company’s educational philosophy. These blocks can be stacked and nested to form staggered constructions—bridges and towers, for instance—stimulating a child’s creativity. Ages 3 and up.

Don't have a 3D printer? You can now order them directly from Shapeways ($103.27)! http://www.shapeways.com/model/736492/naef-building-blocks.html

(A set of 16 in wood is $160 at the MOMA Store: https://www.momastore.org/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay_Naef-Colored-Building-Blocks_10451_10001_141198_-1_26698_26700)

This thing was made with Tinkercad. Edit it online https://tinkercad.com/things/4GMNHdAasD5


Print as many as you'd like in all kinds of pretty colored plastics that you have! The more, the better. This scale is at 2" blocks, the original size, but you could probably make them smaller or larger if you'd prefer!

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I was just wondering are the sides not suppose to be symmetrical? The feet on one side are wider than the other side. Is this part of the original block design?

Thanks for modeling this! 

Just started printing a 1/4 scale version. We will see how they turn out in just a bit.

Really nice. Easy to print 2x2.  Can't wait until I've printed a set.

Nice work! You saved me some time. I was just about to start modeling this project now I can just print it.

Thanks! I can't wait to see some "made one!"s... :)

Yay, I saw one!