What are Lux made of?
Lux Blox are made of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Plastic, a material commonly used in the manufacture of children’s toys, and have been tested safe.
What are the straws, dowel rods and Popsicle sticks for?
We included - in every box of Lux - packets containing items to help you expand what you can do with the Lux block. But, these items are meant to just whet your appetite for the versatility of Lux - we encourage everyone to use other items with Lux and expand the horizon of this amazing technology! We want you to be the inventor and innovate with Lux. The dowel rods and Popsicle sticks can fit snugly into the Lux block's center star. The large straws can be used to connect smaller straws and dowels together to extend their length.
Why do you call Lux "the principled block"?
We call Lux "the principled block" because we intentionally designed Lux to give the user nature's own design principles. Lux are structural atoms and will organize, structure, and generate rules of complexity that will guide the builder into the amazing world of nature's creative mind. Lux is literally a user interface with nature at the structural level.
The two big principles in the principled block.
The Corrugation Principle: Lux bends and folds
It comes down to the nature of structure itself. A piece of paper or
sheet metal is very unstructured and behaves more like a fabric
until you begin to bend and fold it.
When paper or other sheet items are folded and can hold their folds,
they become rigid and “hold their shape”.
Lux blocks can snap together into sheets that behave like fabric as well,
and when these sheets are folded, they also become rigid.
In nature, at the molecular level , the elements behave in an identical fashion.
For example, carbon atoms form into hexagonal sheets called graphite,
but these sheets can roll up into cylinders and make nano tubes -
which have enormous tensile strength rivaling the strongest steel.
These same carbon molecules can form into soccer balls, called Bucky Balls,
and these also have amazing properties that mirror their soccer ball cousins.
They can also form into more tightly folded crystal structures
called diamonds, the hardest known substance.
(More folds often means more structure.)
We call this the principle of corrugation. We live in a universe
that achieves structure through corrugating things.
This is why Lux has such an extraordinary ability to make strong
structures which imitate nature - it’s a hinged block that permits bending
and folding, and you can develop strength through the principle of corrugation.
Engineers use this principle when making airplanes, rockets, cardboard,
and most products that require strength and lightness.
The Atomic Optimization Principle: Lux gives you the power of nature!
Another principle built into Lux is The Atomic Optimization Principle.
Simply stated, a minimum inventory of the right ingredients
makes a maximum diversity of good results.
Lux makes so many things with only one square shape because
it manifests this principle of atomic optimization -
with a minimum inventory of parts
it can create a maximum diversity of forms.
The identical Lux squares can be snapped together to form all the other
polygons like triangles, pentagons, and hexagons.
And, because these in turn can build the other shapes and structures,
they can provide the “elements” to make all other things as well.
It's as if you had in your kitchen one super ingredient that could create
- in different combinations - salt, sugar, protein, flavor, flour,
and all of the other ingredients needed for food.
This is what Lux is for construction.
Where is Lux available?
Lux focused our first efforts at providing local brick and mortar Toy & Specialty Gift Retailers and Museum Stores the opportunity to introduce Lux to the public. Lux is an excellent "show and tell" product, well served in a specialty retail space where the customer can interact with the product and learn more about it from shop owners and staff who are truly excited to share what they know about Lux and its amazing story.
Lux is now also available for purchase on this website (click on "Products") and on our Facebook store, or by calling toll free at (844) 256-9555 during regular business hours.
What Will You Build?