3D-Printed Connectors Let Your Lego Bricks Talk to Your K’Nex, Settle Their Differences
By David Daw
I’m sometimes downright jealous of how much cooler it is to be a kid these days. Not only do 21st-century get cooler video games than we did and RC toys with built-in cameras, but they’ve now got a high-tech solution2 to a problem that plagued my entire childhood.
This is exciting news for toy enthusiasts who don’t have their own Makerbot, too. You can upload the models to Shapeways or another 3D printing service, and have them printed professionally for a relatively inexpensive price. Printing a connector through Shapeways appears to run about $10 $15 dollars, but you should only need one or two to make your hybrid toy dreams a reality–and to make a longstanding compatibility problem a thing of the past.
[Editor’s note: I totally need a few of these. Now where’d I put my Tinkertoys…?]