December 2015 - We are now producing a limited run of prototype polyurethane foam blocks!
We have been working on developing polyurethane foam Zipblocks for about three years now. Over this three year period we have learned how to make and use molds that will produce precision blocks. The blocks in this picture are eight feet long.
Lack of time and money are the main reasons for our pitiful progress.
Over the course of the next few months we are going to use our blocks to build virtually every piece of furniture that you find in a home and many other things. In regards to home construction we are going to build a small wall section. We are going take pictures of everything that we build with our blocks and create a portfolio that shows all the amazing things that you can build with our blocks.
While we certainly appreciate people telling us how excited they are about our products we kindly ask that you refrain from emailing us unless you have a few hundred grand of investment capital and are interested in a partnership. We ask this as we simply do not have the time to exchange correspondence with lots of people. Only two of us are presently doing all the development work and our time is very limited.
June 2015 - Some things you should know before reading further.
Things have changed dramatically since we first created our website back in 2006.
Initially we were seeking to license our technologies or partner with a company that was interested developing the them...our website was and still is designed "in this frame of mind."
With our intial goals primarily tied to our intellectual property we applied for and and eventually received three patents (8,079,195, 8,402,708, and 8,402,710)
Things were moving in the "right direction" until the Global Financial Crisis hit around 2007-2008. When the crisis hit all the partnerships that we forged with parties interested in our products vanished overnight.
From 2008 until 2011 nothing exciting happened. We simply received requests for products that we did not have.
Finally in 2012 we started research and development using a variety of molds and casting blocks out of polyurethane foam as this is an excellent material to use when developing prototypes. There is also a very big market for foam polyurethane Zipblocks.
As of 2014 we have developed a comprehensive suite of mature polyurethane foam block molding technologies. We will be producing a limited run of blocks before this year ends. We will compile a portfolio of actual products made with our blocks and then approach investors.
As we are going to start approaching investors in the next several months...we just wanted investors and our readers as well...to know that when this Zipblocks.com was first published its purpose was to get people linterested in developing our technologies. Now, we have developed all the technolgies needed to bring our product market. We will eventually get around to updating our website...but it may be awhile before we get the opportunity to do this.
For what it's worth...none of new polyurethane foam prototype technologies that we have developed are illustrated on this site. When the time is right we will post information on them.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo de Vinci
A simple cubic lattice is the most basic, efficient, and elemental building system in the universe. Zipblock building systems are specifically designed to mimic this building system. Zipblocks mimic this building system in that they align perfectly on the x-y-z planes and bond to each other via their own inherent bonding abilities.
Consider this. Every last crystal on this planet was "built" using some sort of lattice...with the simple cubic lattice being the simplest. No matter how many crystals you look at, each type always exhibit very distinct and predictable properties. If nature builds this way, then why don't we?
The ability to mimic a simple cubic lattice provides Zipblocks with enormous advantages over all other man-made building systems. One very exciting advantage is, that when you build like nature does, you naturally build greener. As you read further, it will become apparent as to why Zipblocks are such a green building system.
The movie that is playing provides a glimpse into the simplicity of our building systems and their incredible ability to interconnect to each other in virtually countless ways.
Our interlocking technologies allow for instant fabrication of structures.
All styles of Zipblock fully interlock. By simply placing them together they interlock. They don't rely on gravity, friction, or glue to stay together. Using our technologies you can instantly build structures.
Imagine how great life would be if you could just drive up to your local home supply center, purchase a Zipblock project kit, and then go home and build a deck, wall unit, or playhouse in just a few hours. Zipblocks allow you to do all of this without picking up a hammer, saw, or tube of glue.
What's more is that our technologies are extremely green. Why are they green? Just consider a couple of properties of this playhouse.
- No waste: This playhouse would come in a kit, which means that everything gets used. No waste from cutting pieces.
- Parts are reusable: You can dissamble this playhouse and use the parts to build other projects.
- Sustainable materials: These blocks were made out of wood.
Our interlocking technologies are inexpensive to manufacture and can be made out of green materials.
Part of what makes Zipblocks so appealing is the fact that you can transform raw materials into Zipblocks at very low costs and this transition adds a great amount of value to your raw materials in that they are now a very easy to use product.
Our interlocking technologies are extremely simple. This picture illustrates just how simple they are. It shows a few simple, green, and inexpensive parts that will be used to manufacture interlocking blocks. Within the picture are four pieces of plywood that will be nailed or glued together to form a basic Zipblock that is two cubes long. Notice that there are only two distinct shapes within these four pieces. These two distinct shapes are easily recognizable as sides and lugs
Sides and lugs represent the only two components needed to build basic Zipblocks. To create Zipblocks of different lengths you need only to increase or decrease the length of side pieces and have an adequate supply of lugs. The size of the lugs remains constant among blocks of different lengths. The length of the sides is the only thing that changes.
The components required to create basic Zipblocks are incredibly easy to produce and assemble. Virtually any solid material can be transformed into basic Zipblocks with ease. The materials that one chooses to build blocks from will clearly be dictated by their use, costs of raw materials, durability, and many other factors.
To put things in perspective consider this scenario. Let's say that it costs $20 for a sheet of � inch plywood and that it costs a factory $2 to transform one sheet of plywood into fully assembled blocks. In this case the transformation from plain plywood to Zipblocks generally speaking adds 10% to the costs of the raw materials. Now visualize home improvement stores selling sheets of plywood for $20 and the equivalent plywood in bundles of Zipblocks for $22. Now let's say that you need to build a custom wall unit for your living room. Would you rather buy plywood and all of the other materials needed to build your wall unit and then go home and labor hard to assemble your wall unit or would you rather just buy the equivalent materials in Zipblocks and instantly assemble your custom wall unit in minutes without using a single tool? Click here to see a wall unit made from Zipblocks.
Based on the above scenario it's clear that the transformation of raw materials into Zipblocks provides significant savings in time and in ease of use.
When Zipblocks finally enter the market we intend to offer convenient plans for DIY (do-it-yourself) projects like building dog houses, wall units, tables and etc. These plans will provide a manifest of the blocks needed as well as step by step assembly directions. More or less these plans will be similar to what you get when you purchase a toy-construction brick kit. What's more is that we anticipate the development of simple software programs that will generate block manifests and building plans based on drawings rendered with 3D CAD (computer aided design) programs.
Interlocking modular building technologies integrated with steel reinforcements provide enormous strength at low costs.
This picture illustrates the concept of building walls out of blocks embedded with steel reinforcements and then further strengthening the wall by passing rebar thru it and tensioning the rebar post installation. In effect, the created wall will have an internal grid of interconnected horizontal and vertical steel reinforcements that offer an enormous amount of strength.
Steel reinforced block would be well suited to nuclear, military, or other applications that must endure enormous amounts of stress and/or provide enhanced protection from potentially hostile environments.
The modular building technology illustrated within this picture could be produced at relatively low costs. This is because there is only one block type used within this wall and mass production of such a block would inevitably bring costs down.
Our building systems are ideal for use with solar technologies.
This movie illustrates why our building systems are ideal for integration with solar technologies. It shows how the solar film on the outside is interconnected to the core of the block via a circuit embedded within the Zipblock. This circuit can in turn easily be connected to many other Zipblocks and batteries. This extraordinary configuration allows you to build, generate power, and store power...all by simply stacking solar Zipblocks together.
It's worth mentioning that hybrid electric vehicles can easily benefit via Zipblocks as well. The modular aspects of Zipblocks allow for grids of batteries to simply be stacked and interconnected in one simple step. Though our movie only illustrates a very crude depiction of how power can traverse throughout Zipblocks...additional control lines and control units can easily be embedded as well...thereby providing ability to isolate and manage batteries independently of each other or in groups. This configuration eliminates the need for a lot of wiring, saves space, and simplifies construction. With a few minor modifications to Zipblocks...battery sizes can be maximized and heat dissipation can be integrated as well.
Broad range of application for our new building technologies.
To say that there is a broad range application of application for our technologies is just putting it very lightly. Virtually anything you can build with toy-construction bricks on a small scale can be built be built with Zipblocks on a "real" scale.
The physical properties associated with large Zipblock structures would of course be governed by the materials from which the Zipblocks were made, the size and lengths of block used, and the manner in which they are interlocked or woven together.
Listed below are a few applications in which basic Zipblocks could be used as well as suggested materials and blocks sizes.
- Indoor furniture: Wood based materials. Blocks 2 to 96 inches in length and 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
- Levee walls: Plastic or Rubber based materials embedded with steel rods in the sides that span the entire length of blocks. Blocks 1 to 16 feet in length and 6 to 8 inches in diameter.
- Military cargo containers: Kevlar. Blocks 1 to 3 feet in length and 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Upon arrival containers would be broken down and used to build guard houses, fox holes, and fortify positions.
- Outdoor walkways: Plastic based materials. Blocks 1 to 3 feet in length and 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
- Aqueducts: Plastic embedded with steel reinforcements. Blocks 1 to 16 feet in length and 3 to 4 inches in diameter.
- Pallet sized industrial shipping containers: Plywood. Blocks 1 to 4 feet in length and 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Upon arrival in impoverished countries containers could be broken down and used to aid in the construction of shelters.
There are literally unlimited applications for Zipblocks. Why? Because they can be made any size, any length, out of almost any solid, and how you assemble or weave them together all contribute to the physics of whatever it is that you wish to create.
Think about it like this...you could build a small home or shelter with Zipblocks made from Styrofoam, plastic, wood, concrete, steel, or just about any solid material that you wanted to and not one of these would be harder to build than the other with the exception that some materials would be a bit heavier to lift or a bit more brittle. This is not to say that someone would ever want to create a house out of some of these materials. The point is that you can build just about anything, out of just about anything. It doesn't matter what materials Zipblocks are made out of as they'll always be easy to use and interlock to each other.
That was the end of our very brief introduction, as you continue to browse our site you'll learn about:
- How Zipblocks are modeled after crystal lattices.
- How different scales of Zipblocks can interlock together.
- How weaving Zipblocks together adds fibrous strength to products.
- See actual prototype blocks and products made from them.
- Discover some fascinating features about different block types.
- Learn how different blocks interlock.
- How you can earn royalties via placement of our products with a company.