About this project
CUBOS is a beautifully constructed hardwood shape sorting toy. It's a great toy for a two-year-old, or even someone who is one hundred and two years old, making it the perfect life-long companion. Each CUBOS is constructed with extremely quality woods, including Birch, Cherry, Maple, and Walnut. It's designed to be free of choking hazards and uses no harmful chemicals. Only glue holds it together, and Beewax is used to give it a shine. The CUBOS is designed to be safe, loved, and last for a long time.
We believe inspiration begins at the young age. Those inspirations should stay and be carried into our adulthood, however with how things are being made and consumed today, our only baby toy options are things that will eventually be obsolete and thrown away. Along with the item that gets thrown away, so are memories and inspirations. CUBOS is an alternative.
I am a mechanical engineer with a master degree in industrial design. I have a 1000 sq ft shop in the Metro Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with all the machinery that I need to produce CUBOS. I also have a design consulting practice, give me a shout if you have an idea and want to work on it together!
The design of CUBOS conforms to Health Canada guideline, particularly the Industry Guide to Health Canada's Safety Requirements for Children's Toys and Related Products, 2012.
You can see the guidelines from the following link:
Since CUBOS contains no hazardous material or chemical, most of the requirements do not apply to CUBOS. However the category of Mechanical hazards do apply, specifically "Drop test procedure" and "Toys with small components".
Toys with small components
The requirement forbids components that can be totally enclosed in the 'small parts cylinder'. Note that the 'small parts cylinder' has an opening diameter of 31.7mm, therefore components that are bigger than 31.7mm will not be able to enter into the cylinder, let alone enclose in it. The CUBOS insert pieces(POCOS) are designed to be bigger than the opening of the 'small part cylinder', making the CUBOS and POCOS choke hazard free.
Drop test procedure
From page 4 of the guideline:
“The Product Safety Laboratory Method M01 .1 drop test procedure states that a toy be dropped four times onto a tile-covered concrete floor . Each drop is conducted with the toy in a different orientation . The orientations chosen are those considered as most likely to cause damage during the drop . A toy is dropped from a height of 1 .37 metres (4 .5 feet) if it is likely to be used by a child under three years of age . It is dropped from a height of 0 .91 metres (3 feet) if it is likely to be used by a child of three years of age or older . Following each drop the toy is inspected for applicable safety hazards such as detached small components, sharp points and sharp edges .”
The following video is the complete drop test for CUBOS:
Risks and challenges
The CUBOS project has been in development for over 3 years, it has been a bootstrap effort, with many revisions made. Three trial production runs were conducted to test manufacturability. The CUBOS and its production journey is also my thesis project for my Master in Industrial Design. All these efforts had resulted in 50 finished products. I was able to gift them to my beloved friend's babies and also sold some in craft fairs.
I didn't meet my goal in my last Kickstarter because I needed 250 units to place an order to my supplier. Since then, I have acquired all the machinery that I need and rent a 1000 sq ft space to produce CUBOS and start my design consulting practice. I now have full control on the quality, quantity and delivery of the CUBOS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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