The Squad’s Tower

Team Members

Julia Baystrukova, Andres Gomez, Renata Abdrafikova

Assignment

To construct the highest tower possible using press-fit technology with following limitations:

  • Only three types of elements are available, each not bigger than 150mm x 150mm.
  • The size of the plywood sheet available for cutting is 900mm x 600mm.

Software / Materials

  • AutoCAD
  • Rhino 6
  • Laser Works
  • Plywood

Machine

  • Laser cutter

Sketching & Drawing

To develop a design we started by sketching our ideas, at first each member of the team proposed a design. From the three of them we choose the one we thought it was going to be the tallest and the most stable.

After having the design on paper we took it to a drawing software in order to make the design more precise.

Cutting

During the production of pieces we faced a problem:

It took us some time to adjust the laser itself for a precise cut. We changed the speed and the power of the machine a few times, but still, we weren’t satisfied with the result.  Only after adjusting the focus of the laser we managed to get a fine incision without burning plywood.

Construction

For joints we left the space of 3mm, while the width of the material was 3,9 mm. This made or joints quite tight, but we had to widen some gaps with a rasp and attach them with a help of a small hammer.

We managed to make our tower as high as the ceiling height in our lab. But, unfortunately, it was standing only because the construction abutted the ceiling.

Final Result

That is why the design of the tower deviated from the original plan during construction.

In the basement we changed 45-degree trotters to 90-degree and connected them at the bottom. This solution gave our tower more height in the basement part and, of course, more stability. In the upper part we managed to balance it with a square element. It was still leaning to the side but stood properly.

At the end, even though it was not as high as the first variant, we managed to get more or less stable construction.

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