NHedral is an online system that lets you design your own furniture in a web browser—and then have that furniture shipped to your door. Seth Moczydlowski started his Industrial Design Master’s Project by conducting an extensive study on what kinds of customization people valued in products. Seth then set out to create a system that would let buyers have an unprecedented level of control, designing and making their own unique products. Seth learned three new programming languages in constructing the online interface, which users operate by adding and reshaping tetrahedral shapes in 3D space.
The prototype furniture Seth exhibited at the Kanbar College show in May 2014 was completely generated by the software he wrote, and no two pieces were the same. In order to make these online creations manufacturable, Seth created a flexible, adaptable system of connectors, made of steel, anodized aluminum, and CNC-cut plywood. This connector system can create almost any angle and can be easily assembled by product users at home. Seth utilized the MSID program’s relationship with the innovative Philadelphia group NextFab to prototype the connectors.
Try NHedral out at http://moczys.com/2014/06/03/n-hedral/