Bitbeam Cube

Bitbeam-cube

Ingredients: 

12 1×27 beams

24 #3 and #4 Lego Technic axles

48 Lego Technic bushings or half-bushings

There were no nuts or bolts involved, and it assembles in a few minutes! It could use a couple of cross braces for stability, and I could upgrade it with 10-32 threaded nuts and bolts, but it’s fine for now just sitting there looking pretty on my desk.

Each joint is a staple of grid beam construction – the “tri-joint”. As they say in How to Build with Grid Beam, “If a stick won’t make tri-joints, it’s not grid beam, no matter how many holes it has.” Bitbeam’s ability to make tri-joints without helper cross blocks is the fundamental technical difference between Bitbeam and Lego Technic.

For a different kind of Bitbeam rapid prototyping, you can play around with Mr. Doob’s online voxel editor:

Bitbeam-voxel-cube

This feels like Philosophy 101 and Plato’s Theory of Forms. The ideal cube on the left, a material cube on the right. (Does that make the MacBook the Cave? Okay, now I’ve confused myself.)

Theory-forms-ideal-material

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