Nov.23, 2014

3D printers are empowering younger generations to realize their "maker" dreams. But sometimes tools like screwdrivers and nuts and bolts are just too complex for them. Sarasota, Florida-based Ingocraft is offering a 3D printed construction set that combines hands on making with a fun 3D modeling app and 3D printable parts ready for customizing your own kit.

Ingocraft is a modern approach to inspire and educate young people to be makers, inventors and creators. It is currently offering two new tools:

Kit no 1 is a mix of bars, plates, cubes, nut, bolts, and wheels, a collection of 72 oversized parts (called Ingos) for completing a basic project. With this kit young makers can begin making things right away by snapping and screwing components together.

The Ingocraft creators has also come up with the Ingocraft 3D modeling app which teaches kids to create digital models in 3D space. In level mode, it walks users through a series of design challenges and teaches them the basics of designing. Kids can earn badges/achievements for fulfilling goals. In free-build mode, kids can remix parts and build objects with an unlimited supply of Ingos. For the time being, only iphone and ipad will be compatible with the Ingocraft app. But for future releases, the app will be made available for Android phones.

The coolest part is, the Ingocraft parts are designed to be completely customizable and 3D printable. If you have a 3D printer, you can customize and print your own Ingos as many as you like at home. Once the app launches, the Ingocraft team will also have an online gallery of 3D printable parts that everyone can download and remix projects others have posted. The 3D printable design will be compatible with your Kit no 1 and you can also upload and share your design with other users.

The Ingocraft team has launched the Ingocraft, 3D printable construction set and 3D modeling app on Kickstarter, aiming to raise totally $15,000 by Nov 29 2014. It has currently already raised $13,726, with 5 days to go. Earlybird offer were all gone, but backers can still get a Ingocraft kit No 1 and access to the Ingocraft app for only $35. All products will be delivered by Dec 2014.

Want to help the project to reach its funding goal? Want to get your child a nice gift for Christmas? Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

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