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PlayWood connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together without causing damage
PlayWood connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together without causing damage
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The boards used with the PlayWood connectors need to be between 1.5 cm (0.6 in) and 2 cm (0.8 in) thick
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The boards used with the PlayWood connectors need to be between 1.5 cm (0.6 in) and 2 cm (0.8 in) thick
PlayWood connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together without causing damage
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PlayWood connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together without causing damage
There are three types of connector: a 90-degree square module, a 105-degree hexagonal module and a 150-degree module that is also hexagonal
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There are three types of connector: a 90-degree square module, a 105-degree hexagonal module and a 150-degree module that is also hexagonal
It's possible to make everything from chairs to tables to storage solutions with the PlayWood system
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It's possible to make everything from chairs to tables to storage solutions with the PlayWood system
PlayWood suggests that, once proficient, users can experiment with cutting boards and sections to different shapes and sizes
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PlayWood suggests that, once proficient, users can experiment with cutting boards and sections to different shapes and sizes
The PlayWood connectors are reusable, so if a user decides to change a finished piece of furniture at a later date, they can do so easily
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The PlayWood connectors are reusable, so if a user decides to change a finished piece of furniture at a later date, they can do so easily
PlayWood has a number of example designs on its website that it says can help users to familiarize themselves with the system
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PlayWood has a number of example designs on its website that it says can help users to familiarize themselves with the system
The PlayWood connectors were developed with extensive research, prototyping and testing
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The PlayWood connectors were developed with extensive research, prototyping and testing
The final PlayWood connectors are made of molded polyamide, which the firm says is strong, ductile and heat resistant, as well as being recyclable
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The final PlayWood connectors are made of molded polyamide, which the firm says is strong, ductile and heat resistant, as well as being recyclable
Once users are familiar with the PlayWood system, they can make all sorts of designs restricted only by their imagination
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Once users are familiar with the PlayWood system, they can make all sorts of designs restricted only by their imagination
The PlayWood connectors are reusable, so if a user decides to change a finished piece of furniture at a later date, they can do so easily
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The PlayWood connectors are reusable, so if a user decides to change a finished piece of furniture at a later date, they can do so easily
Initial connector prototypes were 3D printed, with the final products being formed from molded polyamide
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Initial connector prototypes were 3D printed, with the final products being formed from molded polyamide
The connectors make the finished pieces of furniture easy to pack away in the event that they need to be transported somewhere
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The connectors make the finished pieces of furniture easy to pack away in the event that they need to be transported somewhere
PlayWood says it plans to add new new designs to its website soon and to expand its range of connectors
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PlayWood says it plans to add new new designs to its website soon and to expand its range of connectors
PlayWood is planning an Internet of Things device to work with the range for launch next year
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PlayWood is planning an Internet of Things device to work with the range for launch next year
The PlayWood system has been in development for two years
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The PlayWood system has been in development for two years
The PlayWood connectors are designed to hold separate boards together without causing damage to them
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The PlayWood connectors are designed to hold separate boards together without causing damage to them
Users can buy different packs of PlayWood connectors from the firm's website
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Users can buy different packs of PlayWood connectors from the firm's website
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If you've ever fancied making your own furniture, now's your chance. PlayWood allows users to design and build pieces of furniture using special connectors and other materials of their choice. It's possible to make everything from chairs to tables to storage solutions.

The simplicity of the PlayWood idea is not dissimilar to the Be-elastic system, which uses snap-on legs to turn any board into a table. The PlayWood connectors, too, can be used with all types and shapes of different materials, but is more versatile.

There are three types of connector: a 90-degree square module, a 105-degree hexagonal module and a 150-degree module that is also hexagonal. The connectors are designed to slot onto boards of any material type and hold them together with others without causing damage. The only necessity is that the boards are between 1.5 cm (0.6 in) and 2 cm (0.8 in) thick.

According to PlayWood, the connectors were developed with extensive research, prototyping and testing. Initial prototypes were 3D-printed, with the final products being formed from molded polyamide, which the firm says is strong, ductile and heat resistant, as well as being recyclable.

"The resistance depends on how weight is distributed and which levers are generated – to give a figure would not be correct," CEO and co-founder of PlayWood Stefano Guerrieri told Gizmag, when asked about stress testing figures. "So [the strength] is difficult to indicate but is comparable to a corner made of aluminum or iron."

The PlayWood connectors are designed to hold separate boards together without causing damage to them
The PlayWood connectors are designed to hold separate boards together without causing damage to them

PlayWood has a number of example designs on its website that it says can help to familiarize users with using the system. It suggests that, once proficient, users can experiment with cutting boards and sections to different shapes and sizes.

The connectors are, of course, reusable, so a finished piece of furniture can to be changed at a later date if desired. This also makes it easy to pack pieces of furniture away in the event that they need to be transported somewhere.

The PlayWood system has been in development for two years and was launched last month. The firms says it will be adding new new designs to its website soon and will expand the range of available connectors. It is also planning an Internet of Things device to work with the range for launch next year.

The video below shows the PlayWood being used to make a chair.

Source: PlayWood

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