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

Studio Minale-Maeda
© Studio Minale-Maeda

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 open source possibilities of 3D printing, streamlining the whole process while still ending up with an attractive design; we do hope to see more designs like this open and available for the wider public to download and use. More over at Studio Minale-Maeda.

Tags: Downloadable Design | Furniture | Netherlands