29 Apr '14, 6pm

Keystones: 3D printed connectors combine digital fabrication with flat pack goodness

Keystones: 3D printed connectors combine digital fabrication with flat pack goodness

We talk often of how 3D printing is already revolutionizing how things are made and distributed -- and perhaps even saving coral reefs . At Milan's Salone del Mobile earlier this month, Dutch Studio Minale-Maeda recently showcased Keystones , a collection of 3D printed connectors that would minimize the amount of tools and fasteners needed to put together a piece of furniture. © Studio Minale-Maeda © Studio Minale-Maeda © Studio Minale-Maeda © Studio Minale-Maeda The name Keystones alludes to the integral architectural component that caps off an arch and locks all the other components in place, and Minale-Maeda's connectors are meant to be printed at home so that only off-the-shelf wooden sheets need to be shipped or made locally to complete the package. © Studio Minale-Maeda © Studio Minale-Maeda © Studio Minale-Maeda The concept combines the best of flat pack with the op...

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