Element Blocks are a real taste of the periodic table right on your desk!
For a long time, we've wanted a small sample of these common elements on our desk to remind us of how different these materials really are. Well, we've made them, so you can have them too!
Each of these elements really do feel totally different from one another.
- Aluminum - Lightweight, yet strong. This material is extremely popular for applications where lightweight strength is needed.
- Titanium - One of the more 'exotic' of the bunch. This material is often used in lightweight applications where aluminum just isn't strong enough.
- Iron - It's density immediately makes it feel super heavy compared to say, aluminum or titanium. This material alloyed with a little bit of carbon, makes steel which is nearly twice as strong as aluminum.
- Copper - Slightly more dense than iron, yet almost twice as weak. This material shines in it's thermal and electrical conductivity.
- Tungsten - Another ‘exotic’ material. Super dense, very hard to work and manufacture with. But extremely hard and strong. This is the metal you use when you need to cut other metals.
- Magnesium - When Aluminum still isn't light enough, and extreme strength is still required.
- Zinc - An amazing metal used for it's anti-corrosion properties, commonly used to coat steel or as a battery component.
Each cube and the stand is made from high purity billet, machined on a CNC mill with extreme precision. After machining, the cubes are then polished prior to being laser engraved.
How large are the cubes?
Each Cube is approximately 1" x 1" x 1".
How pure are the cubes?
All the cubes are greater than or approximately equal to 90% purity.
- "Al" is 6061 aerospace grade aluminum (~96-98% aluminum).
- "Ti" is aerospace grade Ti-6-4 titanium (~90% titanium).
- "Fe" is actually 303 stainless steel (~80% Iron).
- "Cu" is C110 (~99% copper).
- "W" is a high purity tungsten-carbide (~92-94% Tungsten)
- "Zn" is a Zinc Alloy (~95% Zinc)
- "Mg" is an AZ31B Magnesium Alloy (~97% Magnesium)
Don't iron and copper oxidize/patina/rust?
All metals oxidize under certain conditions, but you can easily prevent this from taking place by keeping them in a low-humidity environment. We actually use stainless steel for the Iron block to prevent oxidation issues we've had in the past that can occur during shipping and the copper block has a very small hole located on the bottom of it (not visible during display) to alloy the copper blocks to go through a passivation process that inhibits oxide formation on it's surface.
Will you deliver on time and as promised?
We take our reputation very seriously and we always aim to deliver a high quality product in a timely manner. Check out our previous campaigns for the Element Blocks, Cable Carousels, and RevPens if you'd like to read the comments of previous backers.
Check out some of the awesome comments our previous campaign had
Risks and challenges
With projects like this, the challenge is always maintaining consistent quality throughout the production phase of this project. We have plenty of experience handling the phenomenon known as "quality fade". To combat this, production runs from our suppliers will be handled in batches so quality expectations can be met.
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