sustainable STEAM building activity for informal learning spaces that works for all ages and abilities.

about the exhibit component

SPACE CHIPS DIE CUT© is a simple make and take system of slot-together, flat pieces of up-cycled die-cut cardboard triangles, squares and pentagons (3,4, and 5 sided) with equal length edge-slots around their perimeter that connect with each other. The chips intuitively illustrate the connection between simple 2D straight-edged shapes and the spherical spatial aspiration of three-dimensions, and are an accessible way to explore the Platonic and Archimedean solids, as well as many other regular and irregular shapes. Designed by toy inventor Dick Esterle, SPACE CHIPS DIE CUT© show the inherent order nature provides using simple primary shapes and their connections. The slots allow wide variations in joinery and accommodate any angle naturally occurring between the pieces. It’s easy to build a simple polyhedron and challenging to build higher-order spherical forms.

This component includes 1 custom SPACE CHIPS DIE CUT© die with 3 shapes and license to use assets. Learning materials SPACE CHIPS DIECUT MANUAL and POSTERS included as well. This die is designed for use with the AccuCut GrandeMark 2 Die Cutting Machine, not included in the sale but available for purchase at


*Fact Sheet below includes two 11×17 poster samples.

materials: Steel-Rule Die (.937"): Birch Wood, Steel-Rule Blade and Ejection Foam.
Learning Materials - Manual, Posters, and a one-on-one call with Dick Esterle.
cost: $950
Additional Die(s): $450
size: SPACE CHIPS DIE CUT© - 15“ x 18"
Fact Sheet

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