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Smart Set Manual

This set has 15 anodized aluminium tubes, 8 little Imagineers, and 48 clips and plugs that can be linked to each other and the tubes.  The wooden box can be used as a stand or integrated into the object using the Imagineers and clips which can be clicked onto it !

The linkable parts

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Imagineers

The Imagineer connectors allow you to quickly build any spatial structure with the aluminium tubes.

The arms and legs can be clamped anywhere on a tube, can hold a tube-end in 3 different places and can be clicked onto the wooden box.

The arms and legs are connected via a ball-socket pivot, so they can rotate and be positioned in any direction.

With the help of the Imagineers you can quickly start exploring any possible construction; it is their job to help you realise an idea easily through the construction process.

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Pin-clip, Socket-clip & Flex-clip

 

All these clips can be clicked onto a tube.

The Pin-clip and the Flex-clip can be coupled to the Socket-clip or to an End-plug and form a pivot connection for 2 tubes.

If multiple clips are combined, they can also function as a (static) spacer between 2 or more tubes.

This connection can be used to build hanging rotating mobiles, multi-bar linkages or any other non-static, rotatable, swivelling, or movable kinetic object.

Build an object with multiple pivoting connectors and tubes. 

What happens when one tube is rotated?

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Flex-plug

The Flex-plug has a pin-receiving part and a connected flexible pin.

The Flex-plug can be coupled together at various angles in a flexible way. The Flex-plugs can be coupled together in a circle; for example 3 Flex-plugs coupled together form a star-shaped tube connector that can connect 3 tubes in a central point called a “node”.

This allows you to create a spatial  ‘truss’ type of geometrical structure.

Building with Flex-plugs is challenging as the object only becomes stable when the last tube is connected.

Triangles, pyramids, and geometric shapes are the most stable forms.

Before building with Flex-plugs, imagine the final object. Then couple the Flex-plugs needed to make the node connector for the tubes, slide the tube ends over the coupled Flex-plugs to lock the coupling parts together.

When the final tube connection is made, your object becomes stable.

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Fix-plug

 

The Fix-plug has both a pin and a pin-receiving part that are at 90 degree angles; this allows the fix-plug to be coupled to an End-plug or another Fix-plug to create objects with 90 degree corners.


Two or more connectors can be coupled together via their pin and pin-receiving coupling parts; after they are coupled, insert the plug into a tube which will lock the coupling parts together.

It is also possible to couple 3 Fix-plugs together so that they are all positioned under 90 degrees to each other (in one or two planes), for example to create a tripod object or the corner of a cube.

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Rack-plug

 

The rack-plug is a plug which has a coupling pin.

The pin is connected via a bendable part to a plug with two adjustable toothed racks.

This plug makes it possible to adjust and fix a (sharp) angle between two tubes.

First couple an End-plug to the Rack-plug,  then adjust the angle between them by shifting the racks in regard to each other, squeeze the racks together and push them into a tube end.

Once inserted, the racks locked together and fix the angle between the Rack-plug and the End-plug.

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Construction details

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