Update - Tungsten has arrived!
You guys asked and we've delivered! In return for the campaign reaching $50,000 in funding we've added an optional Tungsten block (Symbol: W) that will be available in our post campaign survey for purchase as an add-on. The upgrade will also include upgrading the 4-piece set to a 5-piece set. Images of the regular set ($38) shown below.
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.
- 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.
- Aluminum - Lightweight, yet strong. This material is extremely popular for applications where lightweight strength is needed.
- Titanium - The most 'exotic' of the bunch. This material is often used in lightweight applications where aluminum just isn't strong enough.
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".
All the cubes are greater than or approximately equal to 90% purity.
- "Fe" is low-carbon steel (~96% pure Iron).
- "Al" is 6061 aerospace grade aluminum (96-98% pure aluminum).
- "Ti" is aerospace grade Ti-6-4 titanium (~90% titanium).
- "Cu" is C110 (~99% copper).
Don't iron and copper oxidize/patina/rust?
All metals oxidize under certain conditions, but you can easily prevent this from taking place. That said, the copper and iron will form a beautiful patina over time if you allow it to take place. The iron cube is technically low-carbon steel (~96% Iron) so if you would like to keep a patina from happening, be sure to regularly apply a very thin layer of oil to the "Fe" cube. As for the copper cube, a patina can be kept from forming by cleaning with vinegar, lemon juice, or alcohol.
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 campaign for the Cable Carousels 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
The largest challenge will be 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.
Additionally, we will be personally inspecting each set of Element Blocks prior to shipment.
We'll do everything in our power to insure only the finest products end up in your hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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