n-Hedral – Behind the Scenes, Part 5: Final Assembly

June 4, 2014 CNC
If you haven’t yet checked out my Masters Project, n-Hedral: Customizable Furniture System, take a look here!

This is the final installment of the Behind the Scenes series for n-Hedral.  With all of the parts fabricated, it was time for final assembly!  The final model was due to be shown at the Philadelphia University Innovation Gala.  This was a fancy affair, at the Hyatt in Center City, and I was due to deliver the chair to the set-up crew so it could be transported to the venue on Friday at noon.  After 48 hours of straight work, I had finished all of the pieces, and was ready to assembly on Friday morning.

  • The trim pieces would cover up the part numbers for the panels, so I had to use sticky notes to make sure I could figure out which panel was which.

Slowly, but steadily, the pieces went together.  Until this time, I was still unsure whether I had made everything correctly.  However, the tolerances I factored in for finish thickness were all perfect, and the pieces went together without any trouble.

  • A connector bracket for two outer panels.

In 3 hours time, I had assembled all 334 parts and made the delivery as scheduled!  Truly a momentous occasion.

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To get a better idea of how the structure is assembled, take a look at my video for the project:

I hope you found this project interesting.  If you did, leave a comment below!  It was a ton of work, but I learned a lot and had a great time. Thanks for reading!

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