Digital joinery for hybrid carpentry

Shiran Magrisso, Amit Zoran*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The craft of carpentry relies on joinery: connections between pieces of wood to create multipart structures. In traditional woodworking, joints are limited to the manual chisel skills of the craftsperson, or to capabilities of the machines, which favourite 90° or 180° angle joints with no more than two elements. We contribute an interactive design process in which joints are generated digitally to allow for unrestricted beam connectors, then produced from Nylon-12 using selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing. We present our Generative Joinery Design Tool and demonstrate our system on a selection of stools. This chapter exemplifies the potential of Digital Joinery to enhance carpentry by incorporating a hybrid and interactive level of design sophistication and affordances that are very hard to achieve with traditional skills and tools.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019.


  • 3D printing
  • Computer-aided design
  • Digital fabrication
  • Hybrid
  • Joinery


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