Smart Connector System

“Stack Rack System” was part of the midterm project “Experiments with the 3D-Printer” at the Köln International School of Design. Inspired by the fast development of rapid manufacturing technologies, which gain increased entry to private households, Phillip Funke and me worked on a printable smart connector system to build shelves and other furniture like tables or chairs. To use the potential of rapid manufacturing technologies such as 3D-Printing offers, we had two main goals in mind. On the one hand we wanted to make the user independent from a certain vendor and his offered designs. The user should be as flexible as possible to choose his or her preferred size, color and material and enlarge the system easily by printing further connectors. And on the other hand to develop a connector system with which it is possible to set up the customized furniture without using tools (or at least as less as possible).

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