Digital Joinery for Hybrid Carpentry

  • Shiran Magrisso
  • Amit ZoranEmail author
Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 24)


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.


Joinery 3D printing Hybrid Digital fabrication Computer-aided design 



We would like to thank all of the people who supported and helped in finishing this work, including the Hybrid Lab group at HUJI; the external advisors in Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem; Moran Mizrahi; Raanan Fattal; Chia. L. Evers; Tal Levi; Lior Uri; Oz Banderman; Hai Phalach; Nimrod Shamia, Ronen Dor; and Alon Greber and others who helped by allowing the use of their technical facilities. The work was partially supported by the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bezalel Academy of Arts and DesignJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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