About this project
What are Blocklets?
Blocklets are a system of interlocking pieces that can be used to make anything, from sculpture to furniture to Arduino-based robots. Made of laser-cut wood and acrylic, they snap together with a satisfying 'click' and feel great in your hand.
We are passionate about making things. We created Blocklets first and foremost for ourselves. We started with the idea of creating a modular system for making beautiful sculpture. We believe we have succeeded. This is why we invented Blocklets -- not to bring them to the market, or to do a Kickstarter project. We're here on Kickstarter because the people we've shared them with couldn't get enough of them.
We love Blocklets and we think once you get your hands on them you'll love them too. Right now Blocklets are sculptural building blocks. With your support we can turn Blocklets into a multifaceted tool, useful for quickly producing everything from art to furniture to whatever you can imagine.
Below is our mascot: Blocky meet the world, world meet Blocky. Blocky has a "Creeper" face from the block-based game Minecraft. We have had many Minecraft fans tell us how cool Blocklets are and how they remind them of Minecraft. So Minecrafters, this one's for you.
So what will the money be used for?
We'll use our funds to set up a production facility to make Blocklets. More importantly we’ll build the infrastructure to support a vibrant community to allow the Blocklets system to blossom.
The design files for Blocklets will be released under a Creative Commons license so that anyone can make Blocklets and share their creations with the community. We’ll host contests to encourage designers, artists and makers to make beautiful things and design new Blocklets pieces to expand the system. And we'll set up an online store to sell Blocklets to the public.
We need a high power laser cutter. We’ve done our R&D using the laser cutter at TechShopRDU. The folks at Techshop have been very accommodating, but we need our own facility to grow. Purchase of a laser cutter accounts for the majority of our goal. We also need to set aside some money for materials and shipping so we can fulfill orders, for rent so we can house the laser cutter, and for web development and hosting to support the community.
Why Support Blocklets?
All backers will get immense satisfaction for helping out a cool project. If you like our project but don’t want a physical reward, please pledge at the $1+ level and tell your friends! Every supporter counts!
***international orders, please add $5 to cover shipping***
Thank you for your support!
Gabe and Mark
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Yes! Simply add the values of the rewards together and pledge that amount. Select the largest reward. We will send out a survey when the project is funded to collect shipping and other information.
Yes! To "gift" your reward to someone else, please follow the normal process with the pledge and payment in your name. Once we've reached the deadline, we'll send you an email requesting the information we need to fulfill the reward (address, etc.) At that time, please reply with the contact info for the person that is to receive the reward and we'll follow through!
Pledge $1 or more
Blocklets at Maker Faire NC! All the money pledged for this reward goes toward making Blocklets sculptures, created by a host of talented local artists. These sculptures will be displayed at Maker Faire: NC on Saturday, June 18. (For some examples see http://tinyurl.com/blocklets-sculpture.) We'll put your name on a special "Thank You" page at www.blocklets.com.
Pledge $24 or more
A clone of our mascot, Blocky, for you to assemble! Add this to any other Blocklets kit for $18.
Pledge $25 or more
The Basic Blocklets Kit. Get started with Blocklets! This kit includes 86 pieces, in wood and acrylic - enough to make nine 1x1x1 cubes, two U-joints, beautifully packaged in an acrylic-faced 3x3x3 cube.
Pledge $30 or more
*NEW REWARD* Your name in Blocklets! $30 for up to 6 characters and $4 per additional character on a 2x2x2 Blocklet. We'll send out a survey when we're funded for the phrase or name. Get a $6 discount if added to another kit.
Pledge $33 or more
*NEW REWARD* Three photo cubes! Get a $6 discount if added to another kit.
Pledge $50 or more
The Expanded Blocklets Kit. Enough to have some serious fun! This kit includes 256 pieces in wood and acrylic - enough to make thirty 1x1x1 cubes, four 2x2x2 cubes, four u-joints.
Pledge $100 or more
100 backers All gone!
The super deluxe Kickstarter special edition Blocklets Kit. This kit includes 600+ pieces in wood and clear acrylic - enough to make 72 1x1x1 cubes, six 2x2x2 cubes, three 3x3x3 cubes, eight u-joints and more. All shipped in a beautiful, limited edition, personalized box. You will be listed as a founding contributor on our website.
Pledge $100 or more
Missed out on the special edition kit? Don't worry! This kit is identical, but the box is not numbered and personalized.
Pledge $200 or more
9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)
Everything that the super deluxe Kickstarter special edition Blocklets Kit includes, but each piece will be customized with your monogram, logo or other design of your choosing.
Pledge $500 or more
2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)
The corporate pack. Get 800 1x1x1 Blocklets custom etched with your logo for your next trade show or event.
Pledge $1,000 or more
2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
A Blocklets coffee table! You know you want it! We'll work with you on the design and dimensions, and you'll have something truly unique!
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