I laughed when I first saw these. Here is a picture of several pieces in a tictac box.  But on second thought they probably have a lot of uses and relevancy here on DIYdrones. There is a Kickstarter going on now. Enjoy.

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Comment by Sean Skirvin on November 1, 2014 at 12:03pm

You could make a nice micro CNC router with those lol.

Comment by Nikola Rabchevsky on November 1, 2014 at 7:44pm

Looks a lot like Fischertechnik.

Comment by SkyRover on November 1, 2014 at 8:23pm

Very cool. I can think of lots of uses for this!!

Comment by Acorn on November 3, 2014 at 11:07am

^^ Meh, nothing you can't do with some aluminum or steel stock. . .

Comment by Acorn on November 3, 2014 at 11:17am

Why not extruded plastic?

Comment by Phill Scott on November 3, 2014 at 5:47pm

Acorn - stability under hot conditions and more importantly, precision.  I use OpenBeam, and would not use it if it was extruded plastic.  It would be nowhere near as good.  The major advantage over stock materials is that things come together very quickly using the kits - it just works first time, every time.

Comment by SkyRover on November 3, 2014 at 6:23pm

Yea you could use bar stock to do the same thing but that will most likely involve drilling. And what happens if you need something a wee bit bigger? gotta drill more holes or widen existing ones. A payload bay comes to mind as a good use for these rails. quick, reusable, infinitely adjustable. Sure they wouldn't be good for every application, but where you are constantly fiddling with something its great

Comment by Jeffrey Torella on November 9, 2014 at 5:58pm

doesn't Spark-fun have these listed under microrax ??? 

Comment by John Hestness on November 9, 2014 at 10:03pm

Nanobeams are 5 mm x 5 mm. MicroRax and Maker Beam are 10 mm x 10 mm. The original T slot extrusions are 20 mm and up.  


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