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Updating the art of joinery for the 21st century

A 4-timber joint designed and fabricated using the Tsugite system. Left: Interface screenshots of closed (a) and open joint with tool path display (b). Right: Picture of 3-axis CNC-fabricated closed (c) and open joint (d).

Three Computational Challenges

  • To democratize the knowledge of how to design joints.
  • To use digital fabrication techniques for the manufacturing of joints.
  • To computationally replicate the historical evolution of joinery.

The Tsugite System

Full-length introduction video to the Tsugite system (3 min)


Tsugite interface screenshot.

Visual Feedback

The eight evaluation criteria with visual feedback of the Tsugite system.

Suggestions & Gallery

Tsugite user guidance: Suggestions and gallery.

3-axis CNC Fabrication

3-axis CNC milling machine

Joint Samples

Four joints with the letters U-I-S-T.
Selection of joint samples designed and fabricated with the Tsugite system.

Furniture Prototype

A table with diagonal braces for stability. It is made from 10 wood bars connected by 14 joints.

So… could we solve the three computational challenges?

A Case for Sustainability





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Maria Larsson

Ph.D. Student at the User Interface Research Group, University of Tokyo. Wood enthusiast. Former architect designer.