Mina, Paige and Gates are three Park City High School students that designed and developed the IKOS modular building toys, which are curved instead of rectangular, to provide a way to create forms that the average building block simply cannot.
End to end, the toys can be slotted together to form the beginnings of a larger curve, or they can be snapped together perpendicularly to build height. IKOS can be used to build lamps, bowls, 3D puzzles and other sculptures, but as Mina Berglund notes “we are launching this design as a toy, but we believe that there are other humanitarian applications such as emergency shelter and water storage. This design is scalable which we believe has use for a greater purpose.”
IKOS was designed with CAD software and 3D printed from 100% recycled HDPE, which makes use of materials like milk jugs and other plastics. With the design process completed, the students have filed a patent for their modular building toy pieces. IKOS is currently on Kickstarter with a goal of raising $21,000, which will help the students cover the costs for production molds, attain recycled materials and finally, launch the manufacturing process.