Articles

Let's See Your Designs! (02/06/17)
“That's cool!” I had just received an email from a Crossbeams customer named Tom.…

Become an Observer (10/29/16)
In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Scandal in Bohemia, Watson finds Holmes deductions simple, yet he himself cannot make the same deductions until Holmes explains.…

Inventing Crossbeams (08/16/16)
The Aim of Crossbeams “Dad, can we make a maglev train?” This question, posed by my five-year-old son, sparked the beginning of Crossbeams.…

You Bought a System (05/23/16)
We label our offerings Assortments and Kits to match the nomenclature used in other building toys, but those are misnomers.…

Join the Community (01/30/15)
You've purchased your Designer's Assortment. After becoming acquainted with the pieces and instructions, you attempt your first simple model and succeed.…

Made in U.S.A. (12/05/15)
“We buy American, so you can too!” This catchy, patriotic slogan once graced somewhere.…

Not a Toy (10/26/15)
“Can you help me please?” As I busily moved from student to student during our recent Penrose Library Team Build, Crossbeams' limitations for younger ages struck me.…

Bring on the Motion (09/29/15)
Our Introductory Assortment is our best-selling product, and for good reason. It builds more than 20 good-looking models for under $3 per model.…

Cost Honesty and Fair Pricing (08/29/15)
Seven:Twelve Engineering, the company behind Crossbeams, has a Cost Honesty and Fair Pricing distinctive.…

The Motivation Behind Crossbeams Team Builds (07/14/15)
When I started designing analog integrated circuits (ICs) in 1996, typical projects required one to two design engineers.…

Crossbeams and the Maker Movement (06/25/15)
“Why do you need a 3D printer when you have Crossbeams?” While Derek and I busily helped people make their first Crossbeams connection, find pieces with a certain name, and mount gears, a father entered our Denver Mini Maker Faire booth and posed this question.…

Capitalizing on Creativity (05/20/15)
“Please send me your most creative kit.” I had heard that before.…

Crossbeams as a Differential Network (03/30/15)
Abstract I analyze Crossbeams for its combinatorial degree and compare it with other networks, finding Crossbeams exceeds most human-designed networks and approaches living systems in combinatorial degree.…

Crossbeams for Girls (02/19/15)
The introduction of Lego Friends (2012), Goldie Blox (2012), Roominate (2012), and K'Nex Mighty Makers (2015) reveals the Toy Industry's recent attempts to market building toys for girls.…