Snap-Fit Joinery System Using Pinewood Material Elasticity Properties


  • MY Alief Samboro Industrial Design Department, Jalan Raya ITS, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya, Sukolilo 60111 Surabaya
  • Djoko Kuswanto Industrial Design Department, Jalan Raya ITS, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya, Sukolilo 60111 Surabaya



digital fabrication, joinery, knockdown, snap-fit, wood


The elasticity of pinewood gives it the potential to be applied in a snap-fit system, a connection system that utilizes the elasticity of a material to connect separate parts to one another. This research was aimed at finding the right shape of the stress-relievers for pinewood snap-fit modules. An experiment was performed using a computer-numerical-control (CNC) router for fabrication with detailed precision.


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