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3DuxDesignBy 3DuxDesign
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3DuxDesignBy 3DuxDesign
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$6,244
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
79
backers
16days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 1 2018 9:10 AM UTC +00:00.

About

A Problem Solved...

We all know kids love to play with cardboard boxes. But who needs glue and tape? And what does one do with a permanent castle in the middle of the living room? That's why we developed a variety of reusable 3D printed connectors, engineered specifically to fit most commercially used cardboard. 

 With 3DuxDesign, children are free to imagine, design, build and then reimagine for endless hours of open-ended creative play. 

             No Batteries • No Charger • No Rules • Just 100% Pure Imagination!

The Product

3DuxDesign building sets integrate math and engineering concepts with art and open-ended creative play. 3D printed connectors and geometric cardboard forms let children build anything they can imagine. 

The connectors are engineered to fit most cardboard so children never run out of raw material to work with. And, with over 25 billion shipping boxes discarded annually in the US alone, our young designers learn about creative repurposing while they build. Our #BillionBoxProject goal is to save one billion boxes from landfill, one cardboard creation at a time.

Our product can be used in the home for independent unplugged creativity, incorporated into school curriculum, after school programs, and museums as a part of a play-based educational program. Now used in over 50 academic programs, our product encourages young designers across the world to become thinkers, makers and innovators. 

And we're not just tooting our own horn, multiple highly esteemed universities are committed to our mission and have helped us succeed.

What's in the Box?

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3DuxDesign offers endless ways to play. Our new Jumbo Connector sets have 65 connectors engineered to fit any single ply cardboard used in shipping boxes. That's enough connectors to make a 4 room fort for you and your friends, a model village or anything else you can dream up. 

Our complete Architecture Set comes with 34 connectors, 40 pc cardboard and 4 crayons, everything you need to build away. Our geometric shapes are ideal for teaching basic geometry and spatial concepts to children ages 4 an up. Add your own cardboard for even more fun!

With the help of our pal Josh Zimmerman, Founder and CEO of Brown Dog Gadgets, we are excited to offer great new add on features. Our PowerPax LED lights brighten up your creations and teach about electrical circuits in a real model building. See what Josh has to say...

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How Do I use 3DuxDesign?

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The Benefits

The 3DuxDesign Team is committed to helping every child grow and reach for the stars. Our young innovators ages 4 and up learn and engage in:

  • fine motor skills
  • basic geometry
  • 3D spatial concepts
  • design thinking
  • problem solving skills
  • collaboration and team work
  • environmental awareness
children learn engineering, geometry and problem solving skills
children learn engineering, geometry and problem solving skills
open ended creative play and collaboration are critical components of early education
open ended creative play and collaboration are critical components of early education

More advanced school and STEM programs use our products for

  • prototyping inventions
  • complex geometry
  • CAD/CAM training
  • engineering
  • deductive reasoning 

Special Education and Gifted Programs benefit by incorporating 3DuxDesign products into their curricula. Design is inclusive to everyone and our products allow children with diverse needs and skills to work together on equal footing. Without present rules or instructions, children are free to expand their creativity and work together as a team without fear of being judged.

 Dr. Iman Rasti discusses the benefit of 3DuxDesign when used in special education.

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Co-founder, Marci Klein, M.D. discusses how using open ended products like 3Dux encourages children to expand their imagination, learn problem solving skills, and engage with peers on a collaborative, non-judgmental platform.

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We have received overwhelming praise from the community. Kids, parents, and educators alike love 3Dux products. Here's what some have to say:

3DuxDesign products are being used by over 48 programs across the states and abroad, helping to incorporate creativity and design thinking  into STEM curricula. Ayana and Ethan have run events at STEM programs, schools and children's museums, inspiring todays youth to become thinkers, makers, and innovators.

museums we've partnered with
museums we've partnered with

Why Kickstarter?

Most companies use 3D printing for prototyping only; we chose to take our 3D print4ed connectors through market testing and stage one. Now that we are gaining some STEAM, we need to ramp up production. We currently have four 3D printers working around the clock and we can't keep up with demand. In the past year, we have made over 180,000 connectors! (Plus, our mom wants her dining room back).

We have sourced an injection mold company close to home that can scale with us, keep manufacturing local, and offer us super-fast turnaround time.  Injection molds are costly and with your support, together we can continue our mission to offer today's youth the tools to make a better tomorrow, 

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The Rewards

We have a growing list of schools and community-based programs that want to incorporate 3Dux materials for their classroom but don't have the funding to purchase kits. Every $10 will get materials and lessons into one of these programs. ($100 will supply an entire school)

This set of 65 connectors will have your design crew building for hours, converting your own recycled cardboard into magical kingdoms and secured forts- big enough to hide inside. Or use them for school projects or prototypes for science fair, you name it. They also make excellent

  • teacher gifts
  • party favors
  • stocking stuffers
  • travel toys

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 The LED lighting kit makes a stand alone dog house or can be used as an add on feature with the 3Dux connectors and kits you already have. 

This kit includes

  • 8 LED pin lights
  • AAA battery holder (batteries not included)
  • alligator clips
  • electrical conductive tape
  • 7 geometric pieces for dog house and dog (or other pet)
  • 10 3Dux connectors

 With our new manufacturing, our Iconic Home Architecture Set is about to kick it up a bit - kickstarter style. This limited-edition exclusive set will come with special die cut peel-n-stick vinyl decals. Create and decorate anything you can imagine 

This Special Edition Kit contains

  • 34 connectors
  • 40 cardboard forms
  • 40 vinyl peel-n-stick decals
  • 4 crayons

 ***HURRY - 1ST 100 WILL BE DELIVERED BY XMAS*** 

Decorate your home for the holidays and learn about electricity and circuits with our Home for the Holidays Special Edition Kit. . This kit comes with. 

This Special Edition Kit contains 

  • 34 connectors 
  • 40 cardboard forms 
  • 40 vinyl peel-n-stick decals 
  • 4 crayons
  • LED light kit with complete circuit system - 8 pin lights, AAA battery holder, alligator clips, and conductive tape

 The Birdhouse Party Pack set of 10 makes the perfect activity for you and 9 buddies. Or decorate one for all the special folks in your life. Need more? we will add a kit for every $8 extra you pledge. Each Birdhouse kit includes

  • 14 geometric cardboard forms for house and bird 
  • 13 assorted connectors

Build an entire village, decorate it, light it and then redesign. There are no limits to what you can make with this set of  3 Special Edition Construction Sets

Each of the 3 Sets included contains

  • 34-36 connectors, 
  • 40 - 46 cardboard forms  
  • 4 crayons 
  • assorted vinyl decals for each set
  • one PowerPax Kits with 8 LED lights and complete circuit system 

This is the perfect kit for group activities. Designed for classrooms of up to 25 students or DIY cardboard construction parties. 

This kit includes

  •  300 connectors
  • geometric templates to be used with your recycled cardboard
  • 5pc geometry rulers set
  • 3Dux exclusive carrying case
  • design challenges and curriculum for k4  thru grade 8

The GOBOX pro is the perfect kit to keep kids engaged while they learn about electricity and circuits in their own constructed model home.  This set is designed for a class of up to 25 students.

It contains

  • 300 connectors 
  • geometric templates to be used with your recycled cardboard 
  • 5pc geometry rulers set 
  • 10 LED lighting circuit kits, each with - 8 pin LED pin lights, AAA battery holder, alligator clips, conductive tape, geometric shapes for tiny house
  • 3Dux exclusive carrying case  
  • curriculum and electricity lesson plan for grades 3-8

Have the ultimate STEAM party at your home that the kids will never forget. This all inclusive kit comes with everything you need for your little one and 19 buddies (or add $20 per extra friend). Plus, each child goes home with their very own 3DuxDesign construction kit

This kit contains

  • 20 assorted construction kits 
  • crayons
  • pre-cut craft paper for decorating
  • glue sticks

Share our journey to bring STEAM education to kids across the globe. Work with us on a collaborative kit with your company branding. These kits will be distributed to schools with limited funding in your preferred community.

Together we will give today's youth the tools to make a better tomorrow.

It takes a Village

"The 3DuxDesign team has been blessed by so many people in our lives who have acted as mentors, advisors, supporters, and listeners. We would in particular like to thank some individuals that have been stars (in no specific order).

For starters, our dear friend Peter Van Geldern, an environmentalist, an architect, an educator and an exceeeeeeeedingly patient film producer met us at a Zero Waste event and has been a guiding light ever since. He and his team of interns from University of Bridgeport spent countless hours in our 105º factory getting the video just right. His own company Unfold well worth the journey (just make sure you come back)

We thank the Entrepreneurship Team at the Washington University Skandalaris Center for extending a very warm welcome to Ayana during her first month at the University. She is off to a promising start, networking with 

The Agency, a Quinnipiac University student-run PR team has helped us share our story, spread the word, and navigate the crazy world of social media. They were instrumental in helping us organize our ideas and create consistent and clear messaging. This team is living proof that teaching design thinking and

It is not easy sketching 48 patent drawing by hand but Diane Covello and her team of students at the University of Connecticut Law School and IP Clinic were instrumental in helping us create a rock solid patent so we can sleep at night. Warning, no mercy!!

Dave Mathieu, Jim Sener and Jessie Kuska at IDEAZ USA industrial design firm were instrumental in exposing Ayana to the world of industrial design and engineering. A one week internship working on top secret projects from high level biomedical products to trying out a $400,000 state of the art 3D printer inspired her to become an innovator.

Danny Brier, Managing Director of The STEMIE Coalition and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer of The Henry Ford has been a source of inspiration for Ethan, encouraging him to compete at the National invention convention, where he ultimately came home with 2 awards. Ethan was also thrilled that the young lady he had mentored for the same competition also came home with an award for her invention.

The 3Dux team was blessed to have the opportunity to have many mentors and industry leaders from the community wiling to offer a kind ear and professional feedback along the way. George and Carol Bauer, Richard Guha from the CT Technology Council, Harry Falber from Trade Area Marketing,  Matt Nemeth from the CT SBDC, and the folks at SCORE Norwalk are just a few. 

Without Celeste at HobbyTown USA, there would be no 3DuxDesign. A single inspirational phone call while awaiting a flight from Kennedy airport to our off the grid Colorado vacation lit the spark that set 3DuxDesign in motion. Her continued support, recommendations and honesty have been a constant source of support. 

The Timeline

Thank you for your ongoing support. Here is continuously updated list of benefactors that have helped 3Dux design continue our mission to inspire children.

Risks and challenges

We are a local, family run company and committed to manufacturing right in Bridgeport, CT. Our vendors are local (like- down the street) If we're successful, we are fully prepared to deliver our early bird specials by this holiday season, yes, 2018!

Manufacturing is a complex process. Things can go wrong, and there are always unforeseen events. Our pledge is that doing everything in our power to deliver on our promise.

Our estimates for delivery are conservative, and our manufacturers are reliable and solid, but in the event of unexpected issues, we will keep you posted on progress, and vow to work to minimize impact on delivery.

We will treat every backer as if they were our first, and we promise you a quality product with an honest experience. We hope you choose to join us on this journey.

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