Wood Dowel Connectors

    I was thinking of ways to build structures on a large scale and needed a way to prototype ideas.  I'm a huge fan of K'nex and while the ones I have are useful, I simply don't have enough.  I knew I could make as many as I needed with my 3D printer so I set out making a design.

    I used 1/4 inch diameter wood dowels for rods and designed some 3D printable connectors.  The dowels are very easy to get and after a few iterations of design, I had a set of connectors printing in just a few hours. 

    I want to see how I can scale these designs to be used with larger rods.  I'm thinking I could use PVC pipes as rods or maybe even bamboo. 

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