Bamboo joint 1.jpg
Device data
Project data
Authors Aditya Trifaley
Completed 2018
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Cost USD 4
Instance of Bamboo construction
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This is a Bamboo Joint model that can be used in building bamboo houses, rooms or any sort of suspended pavilions. One side of a Bamboo can be fixed in this joint and the other can be fixed to a different bamboo joint. This model can be modified for different sizes of bamboo and different angles and uses. This part is easy to modify, easy to print and costs less and can be used extensively for construction purposes.

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. 3-d printed Bamboo Joint
  2. Bamboo for construction.

OpenSCAD and STL files can be found here: Bamboo joint for building houses

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. A File, only if needed to file the printed part.

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • Basic Open Source CAD skills
  • 3-D printing skills

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  1. Download the STL file from the link given in the Bill of Materials.
  2. Convert the STL to a gcode file using Cura .
  3. Print the file using Cura or any other related software.
  4. Once the part is printed, remove it from the bed.
  5. The part can directly be used for its purpose without any other finishing.
  6. Put one end of the bamboo in one of the holes of the printed part and the other end of it to a different bamboo joint/connector wherever required during construction.
  7. There are 3 such connections to this piece and so three different bamboos can be connected to the joint.
  8. The CAD and STL files are uploaded and can be easily modified according to the dimensions and angles as required for the construction.
  9. The print time is anywhere between 3-8 hours depending on the size of the joint and the print speed given and the assembly time is at the most 5 minutes.

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • The only problem is that the hanging cylindrical holes on both sides need to be given support during printing or they may not print correctly.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  1. Cost of printing is not more than 4$.
  2. A commercial equivalent is not available.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Concept was inspired from this article.[1]
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Part of MY4777
Type Device, Project
Keywords 3d printing, bamboo, construction, joint, osat, wood, osat 3d-printable designs, bamboo, alternative building, construction and materials, construction, materials, built environment
SDG Sustainable Development Goals SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure, SDG11 Sustainable cities and communities
Authors Aditya Trifaley, Kathy Nativi
Published 2018
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Affiliations MTU, Michigan_Tech's_Open_Sustainability_Technology_Lab
Language English (en)
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