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Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools


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Interlocking pieces of a chair.

At Japan's University of Tokyo, researchers have created three-dimensional (3D) design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require nails, glue, or tools.

Credit: Larsson et al.

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have created novel three-dimensional (3D) design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require nails, glue, or tools.

With the Tsugite software, users with little or no prior experience in woodworking or 3D design can create designs for functional wooden structures in minutes.

The tool provides a detailed view of wooden joints represented by voxels, in the form of small cubes that can be manipulated at one end of a component for joining.

Changes to the end of one piece automatically adjusts the voxels at the end of the corresponding component so they interlock tightly.

By incorporating fabrication limitations into the design process, Tsugite's underlying algorithms have less difficulty considering all possible designs to present to users, as those that are physically impossible are eliminated.

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