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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.