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By 2012, ENGINO® had already started investing heavily in further research to develop our 3rd generation of construction toys. These are called
in STEM academic circles Robotized Construction Kits. Such advanced kits require high-precision mechanisms and more robust constructions
that could remain assembled and functioning even after vigorous use, such as in robotic competitions.

The ENGINO® philosophy prioritizes ease of play, creativity and pedagogy, rather than technical modeling. But, as more and more electronic
controllers and sensors kept being added to the ENGINO® robots, the need for a specialized system became evident by 2017. That was when a
big research project started to design, prototype, test and bring into production a new technical system that would still be abiding to our
pedagogical values.

Our new Mechanics System, launched and patented early 2021, consists of a library of components that are working in conjunction with the Classic
ENGINO® parts, preserving as much as possible the attributes of creativity and reconfigurability of the original system. Students from the age of 9 can actively engage in advanced model's creation and dig further into the secrets of Science and Technology. As they grow older, they can use more specialized components to develop elaborate mechanisms that simulate real-life machines and robots. The Mechanics library includes around 100 different components, including new wheels and axles, beams and connectors and some impressing locking technologies, all compatible with the ENGINO® Classic parts!

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Connecting the Beams…

Beams can connect adjacently with each other, like bricks, by using our specially designed snap-fit axles, yet, they can be also be connected linearly at various angles using our new patented beam connectors!


One of the biggest innovations of the ENGINO® Mechanics system is how the Beams can connect easily to the Classic System using the special axle-adaptors. 

Axle adaptor from 
ENGINO® classic to 
mechanics beam

90° Beam

180° Beam

45° Beam

Connecting the Wheels…

These axle-adaptors besides connecting Classic parts to Mechanics, they are best utilized for easily attaching our new low-friction wheels and gears to models. With larger models, it is possible to have the wheels breaking off due to their heavier weight. To solve this problem, a special component has been designed to be a hybrid between ENGINO® Classic rods and Mechanics’ beams. This part enables a fully secure connection so that wheels or gears can remain attached to the models. There are various parts that combine these same geometries, offering a wide range of options to young builders for creating more functional mechanical and robotized models. 


One-unit long axle
for connecting a
free-spinning wheel
or two beams

Half-unit long axle
for connecting gears 
and beams

Lock-pin to keep 
wheels or other 
parts in-place when 
under stress

Connecting the Axles...

The new Mechanics system relies on axles to connect the various technical parts together. There are various axle sizes, with each one servicing a specific purpose and engineering application.

When making technical models, it is important to transfer motion longer distances. For this purpose, we have developed a range of axle connectors that allow the axles to snap-in. These connectors have various sizes and will join axles linearly, extending them to the length required. There is even a special part to connect an axle vertically on beams!

In many cases there is a need to change the direction of motion by an arbitrary angle. Transferring power at an angle is quite challenging, but engineers have actually figured it out by inventing  the Universal joint centuries ago. The new Mechanics System includes even the specialized parts to model such a joint!

There is a unique design feature in all these axles, and that is the slotted tip. The tip has been designed with that patented shape for two purposes. The obvious one is to snap-fit when an axle is inserted in the receptive holes of beams, gears and wheels. The slot allows deflection of the tips and enable a smooth, repeatable click. 


Various types of 
hybrid parts to 
connect Classic 
to Mechanics!

Various types 
of axle connectors

A universal joint
Slotted tip
for snap-fit

Locking the connections…

The second purpose of the slotted tip on the axles is what makes it a multi-purpose tool! A “lock-pin” can be inserted inside the slot and once it snaps in place, it can hold one part securely on the other, like a fastener. By attempting to pull the parts apart, the “lock-pin” wings inside the slot, restrict yhe axle's deflection and force the parts to remain connected. But, as easily as this pin is inserted, it is as easily removed! Just pull the pin out first, either by using fingers or with the innovative extraction tool, and parts are unlocked and released.


The ENGINO® extraction 
tool included in most sets

Powering up the Models…

The ability to animate models using motors is the first step before introducing robotics. The new ENGINO® motors are designed with a snap fit removable axle so that it can be replaced easily when overstressed. The high-performance gearbox inside the casing achieves high torque and powers two outputs as an option, a fast one and a slower one, giving a 2-speed option to the user. There are two versions of the motor, one with built-in battery compartment and one with a robotics cable. Still, living in the new world of renewable energies, we could not have left out the possibility to power the motor only with solar energy! The solar panel of ENGINO® has a large surface to produce enough voltage when placed in direct sunlight, to power even large models such as the Ferris wheel! 


1. Connectable shaft on both sides
2. High torque gear box
3. Slow & high speed options

Working with Gears…

The new mechanics system of ENGINO® includes a range of high-precession gears that provide a smooth motion and transmit power from a hand-driven crank or the motor to another position, changing speed and torque based on the mechanical advantage of simple machines. There are 3 sizes of spur gears, a modular worm drive that can stack to itself achieving longer worms, a rack gear to convert rotational motion to linear and a set of bevel gears to change the direction of motion by 90 degrees. The central axle hub of the gears connects with a snap-fit with the various shafts of the system and is held secure in place with the use of the patented locking pin, making sure that gears will stay in place even when stressed with higher loads!


Worm gear 
& screw

Bevel gears

Spur gears

Rack & pinion

Working with Pulleys…

In modern-day machines, gears are more regularly used due to their compact size and efficiency. However, another Simple machine, the pulley, has been in use since ancient times and it still has its applications! Younger students understand mechanical advantage easier when using pulleys, and the Mechanics system by ENGINO® has 3 sizes of pulleys that can be used interchangeably to perform several experiments and machine configurations. 


Different sizes of pulleys

Working with Cams & Cranks…

To convert circular motion to reciprocal, such as the car engine, the use of cams is required. Students can learn valuable lessons through the deployment of cams in their models and understand how cams not only change the type of motion but can also act as timers. ENGINO® has two types of cams for teaching purposes, the traditional egg-shaped cam and the snail cam.


Snail and egg-shaped cams

Working with Levers & Linkages…

The new beams of the Mechanics system has half the width of the Classic ENGINO® rods, making them more sturdy and robust, ideal to create levers and linkages and magnify motion. They can be combined with the simpler classic rods and accommodate variable complexity as per student's capabilities.


Several beams 
connected make 

Making shafts…

Power transition can be achieved by using single pieces of axles or shafts. But when there is a need to reach longer distances, a single axle is not enough. The system includes axle connectors that can extend an axle to any length needed, simply by joining the axles together with snap-fit secure action. In addition to straight connectors, the ENGINO® system has Universal joints which are remarkable when attempting to change the angle of power transfer!


Many axles can 
connect together
to transfer motion

Making robots turn easily…

When students make robotic models, they are very often asked to program them for very common tasks such as line-following or obstacle avoidance. There are various methods to make a robotic car turn, but one of the most efficient ones which allows rotation on the same spot, is through the use of a central ball caster wheel. The metal sphere is captured in between two support wings and is allowed to rotate freely with minimal friction. 


Steel ball 

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