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.
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.
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.