3DuxDesign is a true family business. Growing up in the Klein household required a good bit of creative thinking and improvising. Every year, holiday gift-giving had one rule:
"The best gifts are made with our hearts, our hands, and any materials already in the house. They are not bought at a store."
So while millions would flock to stores seeking the best Black Friday deals, the Klein kids would rummage through the recycling bin for raw materials and head into the basement for extra cardboard boxes to start constructing gifts.
It was truly amazing to watch odds and ends transformed into townhouses, parking garages, pinball machines, Kitty-Kingdoms and Hamster Havens. Yes, even the family pets were involved.
The 3Dux ethos is that the best gift we can give our children is an active imagination and the freedom to create. Without pre-set rules and instructions (conspicuously absent from our modeling kits), children will learn to improvise, experiment, fail, reexamine, and succeed. These are the skill sets that will aid them through life challenges.
With the 3DuxDesign Architectural Kits we encourage your children to experiment with form, function, creativity and deductive thinking. Our curricula extend from k4 through middle school and are based on design thinking and engineering concepts with a focus on community, communication, empathy, and creating a sustainable world. We challenge kids think about how good design can make a better future.
meet the 3DuxDesign creators
Ayana Klein/co-founder 3DuxDesign
Ayana is the Lead Product Developer and Graphic Designer of the 3DuxDesign team. She is a Freshman at Washington University St Louis and is heading towards a career in either business, engineering, industrial design, or architecture (she is only a freshman) where she can blend her love of the arts with her talents in math and science to create new products that will help solve today's problems and keep our planet green.
Ethan Klein/ co-founder 3DuxDesign
Ethan, Chief Engineer and Production Manager is a sophomore in high school and already proficient in CAD and complex modeling, 3D printing, and CNC routing. His other passions include music and woodworking, He hones all of these skills by making his own guitars and skateboards.
Behind his Uber-cool business demeanor, he is just a kid that loves playing in the park and snacking on push-up pops.
Marci Klein, M.D. / Product Development Consultant 3DuxDesign
Marci, Product Development Consultant brings over 20 years of experience as a community pediatrician. With a solid understanding of child development, safety and health issues, she has helped gear the product design to be highly engaging, educational and developmentally appropriate. She is also Chief Assistant to the Principals (job was formally titled Schlepper).
David is the Human Resources Consultant and helps to make sure the company has a strong foundation, is a good working environment, and resolves all Tweetle Beetle Battles between the principals and (maternal) support staff.
High top and Voodoo are the volunteer Quality Control Officers. Their duty is to make sure the cardboard models are structurally are stable, fun to play in, and make great scratching posts.
Goosebumps, the family gecko, is a silent partner.