TrussFab Bottle Table is made of 48 bottles and 10 3D printed connector hubs.
TrussFab is an integrated end-to-end system that allows users to fabricate large scale structures that are sturdy enough to carry human weight. TrussFab achieves the large scale by complementing 3D print with plastic bottles. It does not use these bottles as “bricks” though, but as beams that form structurally sound node-link structures, also known as trusses, allowing it to handle the forces resulting from scale and load. TrussFab embodies the required engineering knowledge, allowing non-engineers to design such structures and to validate their design using integrated structural analysis. We have used TrussFab to design and fabricate tables and chairs, a 2.5 m long bridge strong enough to carry a human, a functional boat that seats two, and a 5 m diameter dome.
You can also find out more about the project here: https://hpi.de/en/baudisch/projects/trussfab.html
hints for assembly
The table is originally built from 1l bottles which are combined by their bottom with tape or screw. You can use any bottle size/type, as long as they are all the same in the model. If you use soft bottles, you can also inflate them to achieve better stability. In this case their bottom needs to be taped together, not screwd. According the type of the bottle you are using you will need the corresponding connecting cuffs (refillable/non-refillable). These are the most common bottle types, but in case you want to use some other type you can design your own connector cuffs for that.