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bio website ascendly.com
location Alexandria, VA
age 43
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seen Dec 1 '13 at 21:53

I run Ascendly.com, a new venture that teaches engineering to kids, starting in Kindergarten. We use LEGO bricks to convey the engineering thought process, along with useful skills needed to effectively build cool stuff.

I also run ElegantTechnologies.com, which makes the occasional iPhone app.

I'm occasionally on Twitter: @ascendlyJJ


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May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
It looks like the best answer is 'nobody does it as well as LEGO' - thanks to all of the other suggestions. I'm trying to talk to corporate LEGO and I might put in a cuusoo suggestion.
May
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accepted Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
I'm actually more concerned about quality than price.
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
I haven't tried eating them - sounds grisly. In my classes, each student gets their own kit so they don't have to share. They get a 1.5 litre box of 2x4s, and a 1.5 litre box of 2x2s, which for a class of ~16 kids ends up being about 9,000 bricks. Each simultaneous coach and/or school needs their own set - so it adds up quickly. You can see a picture here: ascendly.com/page/jj-rohrer-ascendlyjj-23
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
The boxes are great for, say 5 boxes at a time, but stores have limits on what they are able to get. So, I'm hoping to find a better and more reliable source.
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
I updated the question to clarify that I buy a bunch from the stores now, but they sort of struggle buying more than 10 boxes at a time. Its sort of hit-or-miss, which is a tough way for me to run a business.
May
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revised Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
added for details about target volume
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
I've utilized the LEGO stores extensively, but their inventory is quite unreliable for the quantities I'm interested in, even when ordering them ahead of time.
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
Although I've already talked with LEGO, I hadn't heard of the LUGbulk program. I could be an option, thanks.
May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
I also just noticed this wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_clone which might help.
May
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May
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comment Factories that could make off-patent bricks?
Thanks for the pointers. Unfortunately, 10K of bricks isn't nearly enough and I routinely wipe the whole inventory of item on bricklink. I'm sort of expecting to have make a fresh mold, but it would certainly be nicer to avoid it.
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Jul
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comment LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?
When I asked this question, I was finishing up a blog entry on the topic, which incorporated some of the answers given here. You can see the final article here: ascendly.com/page/…
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