Review: 50 Digital Wood Joints
Flexible Stream | 50 DIGITAL WOOD JOINTS
I had to check out these 3D Joints. The Download link supplies you with 50 Joints in a choice of formats including STEP, DGN, DXF, and IGES. I opened up the first file in Inventor and was quickly able to assemble this self locking joint.
It’s worth noting that the designers have tried to come up with joints that could only be cut on a CNC machine.
In this case, the detail leaves a lot of short grain on the timber and relies on the inherent springiness of timber to lock the joint. so to use this joint, you might have to do a lot of testing on various species of Timber to find a material with the right properties.
I guess that the idea is to show us what is possible – not just what is practical!
The download also contains a comprehensive set of tutorials and notes in PDF format. Here is a example picture from the documentation showing how that joint might be used.
On the whole this is a great resource for Designers and Woodworkers who are looking for some inspiration (and have access to a CNC machine!).
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