02 – Press-fit – A modular table/seating furniture [Assembly]

:: Machine – Shopbot

:: Design – A modular table/seating furniture

Testing of the joint width for the plywood (offset)

Thickness (measuring the plywood) = 0.46″

Offset (model in rhino)= 0.005

Joint width (after offset in rhino)= 0.45″


Hammer was needed for certain moments.

A possible use in combination with the modular furniture in the former AVT

Modular concept

:: Conclusions


It is necessary to understand that certain difficult geometry can only be achieved by certain forgiving materials.

For instance, the plywood used in the milling cannot withstand the pulling force of the drill bit when only a small area of material is left for cutting.

As a result, the geometry approaching the tangent of a circle was ripped off accidentally by the bit.


Plywood has a problem for pocketing. The incoherence of the material leads to random peeling of a complete layer within the ply.

4.196 Special Problems in Architectural Design Complete Fabrications Nick Gelpi Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 01-04:00pm, 3-402/7-432studio, 1st mtg Wed 1/5 Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. No listeners Prereq: Permission of instructor ; Yr-1 MArch students who have completed 4.123 only Level: H 9 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit Lab Fee: 150 A comprehensive introduction to methods of “making” explored through a wide range of brief but focused exercises. Skills = developing complex geometries from flat components; fine-tuning press fit construction, molding and casting, and making repeatable molds for customization. A two-part workshop, the first half will contextualize contemporary tools and techniques within the trajectories of historical case studies of building, combined with hands on familiarization of tools. The second half will implement the tools of our workshop in the context of Design. Working on group design build process for three MIT 150 FAST installations, students will test and influencing designs through the instrumentality of production. These hands-on design build projects are intended to produce reciprocity between skills and design, making more complete the problems of fabrication. Subject limited to year-one MArch students who have completed core-1 studio. Contact: Nick Gelpi, 9-224, 253-9415, -


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