Furniture Factory: A Sketch-based System for Fabrication

Collaborators: Yeonjoo Oh, Ellen Yi-Luen Do

A Sketch-based System for Fabrication


Furniture Factory helps novice designers construct physical furniture prototypes using a laser cutter. The software has four components:

  1. Decompose Parts & Create Joints, Sketch Interface parses an isometric drawing.
  2. Geometry Analyzer constructs a 3D model and decomposes it into flat parts.
  3. Joint Creator adds necessary joints according to the identified connection conditions.
  4. Cut Drawing Printer generates a drawing file (HPGL) to cut the parts on a laser cutter.










2006 The Designosaur and the Furniture Factory, Yeonjoo Oh, Gabe Johnson, Mark D Gross and Ellen YiLuen Do, in Design Computing and Cognition, (ed) John S Gero, Springer, pp. 123-140 [pdf]