ILI Tower

The task: 

  • Construct a tower using press-and-fix technology.


  • Only three types of elements, not bigger then 150mm x 150mm.
  • All elements must be cut out on a laser cutting machine from a sheet of plywood in size 900mm x 600mm
  • The goal of building the highest tower.

Used equipment:

  • Laser cutter Raylogic AS-1290C

Used material:

  • Plywood

Team members:

Ilya – teamleader

Valeria – team member

Irina – team member

Process of working:

From the very beginning, the team was interested in the reliability and aesthetic appearance of the whole structure. The name of our laboratory reminded us of the image of the Shukhov Tower and we decided to use it as a prototype.

We cut out the first version of parts from thick cardboard for better understanding what form of parts is better to use

As shown in Picture 1, a 3×3 cm square was proposed as a connecting element. The team agreed that this connecting element would not ensure the reliability of the structure.

Therefore, the team leader suggested using a larger connecting element, and also introduce spacers as the third element, which would help fix the base of the structure.

In Picture 2 you illustrated the 2nd variant of the connecting element, which was cut from the defective material for the sample.

As a result, we found that we badly calculated the size of the grooves on the connecting element, where we planned to insert the beams. Fortunately, we found a hint due to the marriage of the material used: a small hole in the material turned out to be in the place of one of the slots (picture 3). We took this new groove shape to continue.

 To create the spacer, we decided to use the main beam, adding an additional groove (picture 4). The third detail of the design was the “leg” in picture 

During the work on the project, the connecting element received a new hexagon shape. This new form allowed us to save space on the workpiece to accommodate a larger number of beams.

And it’s our result. We also want to say thank you to Alexey, Maxim and Semen for the help!!!

Limitation of the work:

Our team faced the problem with laser. Half of the details were not cut. However, overall we like the look of the tower and its stability. 

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