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3D puzzle and shape-maker tool. Line of 64 cuboids that lock into infinite forms. Design, doodle and play in 3D! Read more

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3D puzzle and shape-maker tool. Line of 64 cuboids that lock into infinite forms. Design, doodle and play in 3D!

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With snaak you can play, design and doodle in 3D.

Snaak speaks louder than words.
Snaak speaks louder than words.

A line of 64 specially designed interlocking cuboids that you can make into endless 3D shapes. You can make sculptures or spatial constructions... snaakinfinity in your hands!

snaak geometry

"Connect with the Absolute" - Snaak Mandala Geometry by Gideon Cube-Sherman
"Connect with the Absolute" - Snaak Mandala Geometry by Gideon Cube-Sherman

You can snaak from column to cube; from cube back to column; transform from column to eight cubes; and back to column. Goto rod and make pyramid; and back to rod.  From rod snaak to three interlocking cubes or nine interlocking cubes or eight diamonds; and back to rod.  From rodsnaak to hypercube or tesseract; and back to rod. From rodsnaak to square; then fold to fit in your pocket...

snaak words

"Yo" or "Oy" - by Snaak Superstar Yo Zushi
"Yo" or "Oy" - by Snaak Superstar Yo Zushi

Build letters, words and names. Palindromes and ambigrams... Make typography and concrete poetry in 3D ! 

snaak: architectonic play system
snaak: art, mathematics, architecture, illustration, typography, engineering...
snaak: modular, kinetic, haptic, architectonic, dynamic, ludic

snaak prototype

"Snaaktacles" - future vision by Snaak Superstar Derrick Welsh
"Snaaktacles" - future vision by Snaak Superstar Derrick Welsh

Draw and prototype ideas in 3D. Invent puzzles, for you and for friends. snaak a robot or your favourite animal...  Design the buildings and cities of the future!

snaak math

awesome number 64

Every snaak is made of 64 interlocking cuboid units. The superperfect number sixty-four is the first whole number that is both a perfect square and a perfect cube. It makes the 8 units by 8 units square, which is the iconic chess board.  It makes the 4 x 4 x 4 units cube.  It makes a hollow 4 x 4 x 4 cube with a 2 x 2 x 2 cube. It makes the eight cubes in a row and the eight diamonds, and the other awesome snaak shapes.

snaak infinity

snaak is made of 64 interlocking cuboid units. And each unit can go in any of five directions relative to the preceding unit. So there are up to five to the power of 63 possible snaak configurations. That’s roughly ten to the power of 44:

1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible Snaak configurations!

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snaak code - Can you guess which shape this builds? 

There are estimated to be ten to the power of 82 atoms in the universe. So with just TWO snaaks, you can construct more configurations than there are atoms in the universe. (It might take you a while!)

snaak tech

Snaak: 64 specially designed interlocking cuboid polycarbonate units on shock cord line
Snaak: 64 specially designed interlocking cuboid polycarbonate units on shock cord line

snaak is precision-engineered, patent-pending technology. The snaak cuboid units are specially designed to interlock so that complex semi-permanent shapes can be built. Units are injection molded in polycarbonate, high impact engineering plastic. snaak units run on high-spec shock cord first developed for the military and aerospace industries. 

Mechanical/physical properties tested to US and EU Standards (ASTM F963-11 -certain clauses only; BS EN 71-1:2011). "WARNING – do not give to children less than three years, nor allow them to play with it." We recommend adult supervision.

snaak units are derived from a ½ inch (1.27cm) cube.  So you can use snaak as a 3D tape measure!  Extended into rodsnaak measures 32 inches (81cm).  Folded into squaresnaak measures 4 x 4 inches  (10 x 10 cm). Folded into cubesnaak measures 2 x 2 x 2 inches (5  x 5 x 5 cm). snaak weighs 2.50 ounces (71g) approx.

snaak history

Proto-Snaak? -Hunt of the Unicorn Annunciation (circa 1500)
Proto-Snaak? -Hunt of the Unicorn Annunciation (circa 1500)

First snaak vision by artist-inventor Gideon Cube-Sherman was in 2004. Excited by the power and beauty of geometry, and the potential to create art that people can play with, connect with, and make art with, beyond the conventional art space. Influences in the creation of snaak include the biblical accounts of the Staff of Moses and Aaron's Rod (depicted in image above), as well the Indian Rope Trick and snake charmers.
Gideon says "Reject easelism. Join the snaak vanguard!"

snaak has evolved through many prototypes. From machined proof of concept models to injection molded prototypes. Patent applications are filed internationally.

snaak production

snaaks shown in the video and photos are fully functioning injection molded prototypes. We have selected expert toolmakers and injection molders and we'll work to improve precision and to speed up and semi-automate our snaak assembly process. With your pledges we will be able to pay for precision steel tooling so that we can make snaaks in large numbers, and fulfill rewards. We will also conclude snaak packaging design and production. 
Factories are on standby. With your support, we are ready to produce thousands of snaaks!

snaak future

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We can’t wait to see what you snaak!

Thank you!

snaak stretch goal  

$35,000 Goal: Glow-in-the-Daak Snaak! If we get to $35,000, you’ll have one more color to choose from for your snaak(s).

If you pledge for a single snaak (including if you’ve already pledged) you’ll be able to choose Clear, Translucent Red, Blue, Green, Fluorescent Yellow or a Glow-in-the-Dark snaak.

If you pledge for a 5 snaak Set (including if you’ve already pledged) you’ll be able to choose the colors of your five snaaks—from Clear, Translucent Red, Blue, Green, Fluorescent Yellow and Glow-in-the-Dark.

Tell your friends, and feel free to increase your pledge if you’d like to help Glow-in-the-Daak snaak come to life! 

Risks and challenges

As injection molding tooling design and engineering is an art as well as a science, unexpected delays can't be 100% ruled out and we still have some work to do speeding up our Snaak assembly process. We are working with experts, and based on past experience, we believe our estimated delivery dates are realistic.

Unforeseen new discoveries in astrophysics could mean that you may require more than just two Snaaks in order to make more configurations than atoms in the universe. And we can't completely guarantee that your Snaaks and the Planet Earth will last long enough for you to make all of these possible configurations.

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    20 backers

    THANK YOU: You'll get a mention on our website Hall of Fame and we'll keep you updated. Pledge more and you get a bigger mention!

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    616 backers All gone!

    SNAAK: Your own Snaak in CLEAR, translucent RED, GREEN, BLUE or FLUORESCENT YELLOW -You choose! Your Snaak will be numbered one of the first thousand production Snaaks ever! [Shipping is free in US and UK. Rest of world please add $10]

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    306 backers Limited (54 left of 360)

    SNAAK: Your own Snaak in CLEAR, translucent RED, GREEN, BLUE or FLUORESCENT YELLOW -You choose! Your Snaak will be numbered one of the first two thousand production Snaaks ever! [Shipping is free in US and UK. Rest of world please add $10]

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    22 backers Limited (42 left of 64)

    SNAAK: CUSTOM COLOR-CODED: Design your own Snaak's color sequence! (Units can be CLEAR, translucent RED, GREEN, BLUE or FLUORESCENT YELLOW). Your Snaak will be numbered one of the first thousand production Snaaks ever!
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    64 backers All gone!

    5 COLOR SNAAK SET: Make even more shapes! Snaaks in CLEAR, translucent RED, GREEN, BLUE and FLUORESCENT YELLOW! Your Snaaks will be numbered among the first thousand production Snaaks ever! [Shipping is free in US and UK. Rest of world please add $10]

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    118 backers Limited (10 left of 128)

    5 COLOR SNAAK SET: Make even more shapes! Snaaks in CLEAR, translucent RED, GREEN, BLUE and FLUORESCENT YELLOW! Your Snaaks will be numbered among the first two thousand production Snaaks ever! [Shipping is free in US and UK. Rest of world please add $10]

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    3 backers Limited (61 left of 64)

    SNAAK SCREEN-PRINT FOLIO: Limited edition print folio containing 8 prints: CAD line drawings of Snaak configurations by Snaak inventor Gideon Cube-Sherman. Prints signed and numbered. Collectors' Edition of 64. [Shipping free in US and UK. Rest of world please add $40]

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Funding period

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