What are Versa Bricks™?
Versa Bricks™ are toy construction bricks that allow you to connect LEGO® type bricks to Hot Wheels® tracks, K'NEX® building systems and HO scale train tracks. There are currently six fully designed and tested bricks. They work great and really allow you to "free your mind" and come up with all kinds of fun creations, expand your creativity and get more fun time out of your toys! We need your Kickstarter support so we can build plastic injection molds for the six new bricks. Then we can bring Versa Bricks™ to the masses!
Here's a look at all six bricks!!!
Where did the Versa Brick™ idea come from?
The Versa Brick™ idea came to me way back in 1973 when I was a kid playing with my LEGO® and Hot Wheels® tracks. Once you build everything you can per the instructions, you start to get creative! Make the tracks go through the LEGO® buildings and trying to use LEGO® to support ramps, the ideas are endless! But the problems are too! Nothing seemed to hold up. I always thought there should be a way these toys could be used together, I could picture it in my mind, I could sketch it, but just couldn't make the parts!
Later in life I now have my own kids and they face the same challenges with these toys that I did. Then I remembered my ideas from back in '73. But today I have an engineering degree, 3D solid modeling software, 3D printers and most of all Kickstarter!
Finally Versa Bricks™ can become reality!
What have we done so far?
- Created 3D solid models for six new brick designs
- Made prototypes from ABS material using 3D printer
- Tested for fit and function
- Applied for patents, Versa Bricks™ are now Patent Pending
- Determined tooling and productions costs
- Created a project plan & timeline
Virtual fit & function using SolidWorks®, Versa Bricks™ shown in red.
What are the rewards?
Here is a quick look at Brick #7 which will be made if we reach the stretch goal!
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Why do we need Kickstarter?
What's the Project's Timeline?
NOTE: LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO® Group of companies, who do not officially endorse or support this project.
NOTE: HOT WHEELS® is a registered trademark of Mattel, Inc., who does not officially endorse or support this project.
NOTE: K'NEX® is a registered trademark of K'NEX Brands, LLC, who does not officially endorse or support this project.
Risks and challenges
We've done our homework to get to this point of the project. Some of the major tasks completed to date include:
- 3D solid models for the six new bricks
- made prototypes using a high end 3D printer
- tested by real kids
- tweaked the designs as needed
- established quality requirements
- applied for patent protection
- qualified sources for tooling and production parts
- established an overall project plan and time line
Through all this, the biggest challenge will be getting the tooling just right!
I have extensive experience in tool design and manufacturing. I know that bricks seem simple to make but they are actually very precise components that must be manufactured to very tight tolerances in order for them to easily snap together, hold and be able to taken apart by little hands.
With this in mind there is a risk of manufacturing delay if the first samples made from the production tooling do not meet the strict quality requirements. It is not uncommon for minor tooling changes to be needed in order to get the first production parts just right.
We have the talent and experience to overcome these types of challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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