Engino.net Ltd was founded in 2004 by Costas Sisamos in Cyprus. With degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Education, Costas worked for 10 years in Primary schools teaching Design & Technology. With a vision to inspire his students become better problem solvers and future innovators, Costas started designing a new system of modular connectors that would enable students to build fast and easy fully functional technological models.
The award of research capital by European Union supported the first 3 years of development, and the first ENGINO® sets were launched in 2007 attracting the interest of international toy buyers and education specialists. The patented ability of the system to snap fit on multiple locations while maintaining simple manufacturing methods was a feature that unleashed great potential. Since the launch, the system has received several local and international awards, while the company's R&D team continues to develop new innovations taking ENGINO® to the 3rd generation of construction toys.
Now, with a product range of more than 50 different sets, ranging from simple structures and mechanisms to solar energy sets and wireless robotics, ENGINO® is one of the fastest growing companies in the field. This success is reflected in the recent expansion to a new fully automated factory in Cyprus, setting new standards for production in Europe by introducing vertical integration from conception to manufacturing and retail.
Research & Development
Since it's inception, ENGINO® has been focused on innovation and creativity. From drawing board to market shelves, several skills are required and a team of exceptional professionals has been assembled. This includes academics, engineers, product designers, illustrators, education specialists and marketing experts. All research is carried out in house which assures effective communication between the team members and faster development time.
In fact R&D has been a key element to ENGINO®'s success, with multible research projects running simultaneously. Several patents and industrial designs have been issued and others are still pending. Our factory is equipped with the most modern software and CNC machinery to prototype and create new parts, while everything is tested vigorously to meet the highest standards of quality and functionality.
Since 2012, all manufacturing of ENGINO® has been taking place in Europe, Cyprus, at our own fully automated factory. The factory has 3 sections: tool making, injection molding of plastic parts and packaging, allowing smooth control of the entire production process. The implementation of lean manufacturing methods and high level of quality control has led to the minimization of the production cost while also assuring fast lead-times and consistent quality.
ENGINO® complies with all European toy standards and is being tested by international independent organizations. ENGINO® products are certified for EN71 parts 1-3, ASTMF963-11, CPSC, Pthalates, EN62115, PAHs. As of 2013, Engino.net Ltd is also certified for ISO9001 management system by TUV organization.
ENGINO® brand name uses the same initials, honoring this fundamental and innate human characteristic which empowers us to perform astonishing technological feats. Our children are gifted with this power and through creative play they learn how to exploit it. ENGINO® TOY SYSTEM is perhaps the most advanced and versatile three dimensional construction toy in the market today, offering unique opportunities for creation for both children and adults alike.
The toy comprises of a system of multi-faceted rods and connectors that share some unique geometrical features that allow connectivity up to 6 sides simultaneously! In essence, this patent-pending design transforms rods into connectors, leading to builds that may be either dense or with large openings. This feature alone enables children to build fast and easy, simple or complex models, using a very low number of different components and a much lower quantity of parts.
STEM education is the latest trend in pedagogical science. STEM curriculum is based on the principle of educating students in 4 major disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and problem solving, creative approach.
Rather than teach the 4 disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a unified learning system that is based on real-world applications. This philosophy is well incorporated in Engino STEM & Robotics education series, covering a broad area of subjects, including Robotics, Mechanics, Physics and Renewable Energy.