Reviews of our GRID BEAM Book:
“Grid Beam: a p2p construction system for the maker movement”
Eric Hunting explains why he loves Grid Beam: April 16, 2012
“The Grid Beam building system is the contemporary incarnation of one of the earliest purposely-designed DIY building systems. One could argue that it is one of the founding roots of what has become the Maker movement.
Overall, Grid Beam is one of the most powerful tools any Maker could add to his repertoire and should be much more popular than it seems to be at present. This is a technology many more people need to learn about. It may need some breakthrough projects to re-introduce this in a way its otherwise excellent introductory book hasn’t.”
A REVIEW By John Craig on September 19, 2017
"This book outlines practical ways to build many things quickly and economically through a system called Grid Beam invented by Ken Isaacs."
The authors lay out solutions to building "real-world projects ranging from furniture and sheds to vehicles, full-size buildings, and industrial equipment."
Lavishly illustrated, the book presents an explanation of what grid beam is as well as a history and advantages of building with grid beam. These are not authors explaining something they know from a distance, both of them have built an amazing array of items with this simple system. Some of the projects include how you can build tables, sleeping lofts, beds, drawer carts, shop tables, pet gates, temporary kitchens, buildings, stage sets, solar concentrators, hydro power systems, garden carts, electric mowers, electric vehicles, fences, and many others.
Grid Beam includes five kinds of parts: beam or "stick" (of wood, aluminum or steel); skin (plywood, sheet metal, or fabric); nuts and bolts; accessories (like wheels, lights, sinks, and drawers); adapters, which let you bolt odd-size accessories into the system.
The strength in this book is its clear presentation and creative use of the system. The authors present what to build and how to build it as well as tips on designing projects, safety procedures, suppliers, and additional resources on the subject.
After reading through the book I had a sensation that Grid Beam should be taught in every high school Shop class in the world.
One of the more interesting and powerful presentations is the vehicle section of the book. The book does not show pie-in-the-sky illustrations but vehicles that have been built by the authors with the vehicles accompanying photographs, which include electric vehicles, solar-assisted bicycles, reusable electric test bed, scamp (all-terrain vehicle), tractors, go carts, trains, and rockets!
Grid Beam: A Revolution in DIY Engineering
Excerpts from a Review by Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. - Posted on July 15, 2017
..."Everyone who sees this system used or explained is tempted to draw comparisons with the Erector Set, first marketed by A. C. Gilbert in 1913. But while the Erector Set embodied Gilbert’s belief that children learn through play, what is less well known is the role of the Erector Set as an engineering prototyping tool. Donald Bailey of the Royal Engineers used an erector set in 1940 to prototype the famous portable Bailey Bridge that allowed allied forces to cross rivers quickly. Yale Medical School student William Sewell created the first working artificial heart in 1949 with Erector girders, motor, and some pieces of rubber from a party noisemaker. Using this device, he succeeded in keeping a dog alive for 63 minutes. (See Susan Adams, “Boy Toy” Forbes, 11 Nov. 2002)"
"Everyone who sees this system used or explained is tempted to draw comparisons with the Erector Set, first marketed by A. C. Gilbert in 1913. But while the Erector Set embodied Gilbert’s belief that children learn through play, what is less well known is the role of the Erector Set as an engineering prototyping tool.
The value of the Erector Set as an educational tool was cemented when in 1918 the US Council of Defense ordered all toy factories to stop manufacturing toys and retool to produce war materiel. Gilbert lobbied successfully to keep his and other toy factories making toys by meeting with the Council and bringing Erector Sets for them to look at. Before long, the legislators were all down on the floor playing with the sets, and came away convinced that toys such as Gilbert’s were necessary to shape the minds of future engineers and architects.
Now, imagine the Erector Set taken to the next order of magnitude..."
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