Tribo is a construction set made using 3d printing, and designed to provide shared maths education through hands-on building which making maths fun. Unlike other construction sets, Tribo can make useful, creative objects like photo frames and light shades. It encourages assembly in rows, uses bamboo skewers in its assembly and can be extended by incorporating, bolts, nuts and sheets of cardboard or corflute.
3d printing toys and educational materials is not only cheaper than buying them retail, it develops character as well. Students are involved in manufacturing, giving a sense of purpose, and the time gap between wanting and getting teaches the combination of effort and enjoyment essential for chasing difficult goals. 3d printing Tribo is cumulative and after printing 100 bricks you will still use the first brick you made. Multiple 3d printers can be used to print compatible Tribo parts, meaning the making of large Tribo sets for complex models can be a collaboration between friends or between teachers and parents.
Geometric shapes and construction sets as teaching aids are not new. But Tribo’s way of making, extending, and sharing maths learning through construction sets is new. The files for making Tribo are accessible at low cost because our main aim is to become a hub for the use of 3d printing in education.