Israeli designer, Dror Benshetrit unveiled his revolutionary QuaDror structural joint in 2011 and now it's available as a set of toy building blocks. Children and adults alike can experiment with this ingenious flat-packing geometry that can be used to build super strong walls, towers, houses, and much more. Ever since we first saw the QuaDror, we've been dying to get our hands on an example so we can figure out how it really works - and now we can!
Benshetrit came up with the QuaDror while playing in his studio and working on another project. The structural joint consists of four L-shaped flat panels that interlock. When raised on one end, the panels fall slightly apart and become stable and super strong. Engineers have tested the design and determined their structural strength to be outstanding — and 86 of them can be stacked on top of each other to create a sound and sturdy wall. The design proved so versatile it has a myriad of applications including dividing walls, emergency housing, pop-up structures, saw horses, bridge trestles, highway barriers, shelving and so much more.
The QuaDror can be flat-packed, easily shipped and minimizes material in order to maximize strength. The design, while efficient and elegant, is a bit difficult to wrap your brain around without holding one in person, and now you can get your hands on a whole set to play with. QuaDror Building Blocks are now available in a set of 10 blocks in fun colors for $36, so kids can build til their heart’s content. You may enjoy them more than your kids, and they’ll make the perfect gift for budding inventors, engineers, architects and designers.
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