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Architectural Students Explore Shape Shifting Structures Using Kee Klamp

Architectural Students Explore Shape Shifting Structures Using Kee Klamp

The university setting is a great place for exploration. This is exactly what Nik Nikolov is doing with fellow faculty and students at Lehigh University's Mountaintop: exploring how shape shifting and architecture intersect. They are in the early days of exploration and development, but you now never know how these studies might transform the way that we live. Watch a couple of these videos to get a sense of what the students are doing.

One of their recent posts shows a diagram of the structure and how it comes together. Using steel pipe, Kee Klamp pipe fittings, Teflon tape and rubber rods, they are fashioning a structure that is interactive in nature.

Shape Shifter Diagram

The team selected Kee Klamp because of their paradoxical combination: they can be used to build a rigid steel structure that still maintains some degree of flexibility. The clamps slide on to the pipe and can be left free floating or clamped down.

Using fittings from our Sketchup library, they were able to construct a virtual model in a CAD program before beginning the hands on work.

The short-term goal for this particular project is to cover it with an elastic skin and feature it at an upcoming local event. Over the long term its exciting to imagine where these ideas might take us.

You can follow the progress of the Shape Shifter team on their Tumblr blog.

Rock Solid Athletic Structures Made with Kee Klamp

Rock Solid Athletic Structures

Summer is here! Time to get outside and get active. Kee Klamp and pipe make a great foundation for all kinds of athletic structures.

This is what you'll love:

1) They are rock solid - industrial quality that can take a severe beating.

2) They can be easily disassembled - take them anywhere.

Here's a few ideas to get you started:

Parkour, Free Running Structures

Parkour, Free Running Structures

If you like Parkour, you'll love using Kee Klamp. These fittings are used in parkour gyms all over the United States and Europe. They build solid structures that can be endlessly configured.

Also see: Urban Movement's Structures, Base Fitness' Structures, and Miami Freerunning's Structures

Obstacle Race Structures

Obstacle Race Structures

Obstacle racing is officially the in thing to do! We've helped design obstacles for some of the premier races including Spartan Race and Men's Fitness.

Also see: Monkey Bar Structure, Cargo Net Structure

Freestanding Ballet Barres

Freestanding Ballet Barres

These Ballet barres are portable and very stable. Built using Kee Lite aluminum fittings, they can also be made to attach to the wall.

Also see: Backyard Gymnastics Bar

Build a Backyard Greenhouse

Lacrosse Nets

Think of a small, heavy ball being thrown at great force. Now imagine it coming into contact with a PVC structure. You get the idea! That's why you want to build netting structures with pipe and fittings!

Also see: Sports Enclosure, Portable Soccer Goals

Railing for Your Steps

Crossfit Pull Up Structures

So, how many pull ups can you do? Yeah, that's what I thought. Crossfit is a great way to get in shape. Kee Klamp is a great choice for building versatile pull up bars.

Also see: Spartan Pull Up Challenge, Portable Workout Gym

Shade Structure Built on a Solid Foundation

BMX Bike Obstacles

Event management is tough enough without making the structures more complicated. These BMX obstacles are made out of aluminum and can be broken down for easy transport.

Also see: Spartan Race Obstacles

Personal Outdoor Gym and Workout Structure

Personal Outdoor Gym and Workout Structure

Take your routine outside this summer with a workout cube. Design a structure that facilitates the kinds of exercises that work best for your body.

Also see: CrossFit Pull Up Station, Portable Workout Gym

Heavy Duty Portable Soccer Goal

Heavy Duty Portable Soccer Goal

Most of the time when you think "portable soccer goal" you think "cheap piece of PVC junk." No longer! This project shows you how to build a heavy duty portable soccer goal out of pipe.

Also see: Obstacles for Obstacle Races

Banner Support for Local Sporting Events

Banner Support for Local Sporting Events

From finish line to sponsorship banners, build a durable, reusable structure to hang signage.

Also see: Maker Faire Sign Supports


Design a Space Saving Closet Using Pipe and Fittings

Design a Space Saving Closet

Sadly, most closets are poorly designed. Most are small and narrow , with a bar spanning from wall to wall. This bar is generally bending in the middle and creaks every time you add another hanger. An added feature may be the rotting particle board shelving taking up much needed room. 

This is your closet! It should be configured just for you, not stocked with particle board shelving and tubing that couldn’t hold all your jeans on a good day.

This is where we found Bob Lyell. After searching on the internet for “closet systems”, he Googled “clothing racks” and found our site. He began working with our projects team to design and create a free standing clothing rack that would fit inside his closet. He also expected it to be strong, easy to install, and made to fit his closet. Here is what he came up with!

Design a Space Saving Closet

Bob took a standard clothing rack idea from our kits page and made it work for him. He added an extra cross bar for additional storage, while leaving plenty of room for his shelving/drawers. All the lengths of pipe were custom cut to perfectly fit into his closet.  Because of our modular pipe and fittings set-up, all the hang bars are completely adjustable in height.

Because the rack is based off the free-standing garment rack, it can move with him or even be used outside the closet:

It is not attached to the walls, so it can be easily disassembled and moved.  Since it isn't a built in, I can take it with me should I sell my house.

If the customizing wasn’t simple enough, putting this creation together was even simpler! Here is what Bob had to say after receiving his new clothing rack:

I can only reiterate how easy it was to work with all of you and how well the fittings worked.  It was easier to assemble than I thought.  All of the pipes were cut to the correct length and cut squarely.  Things worked exactly as advertised.

Design a Space Saving Closet

With our Kee Klamp system, all you will need is an allen wrench to put together your next project.  All the pipe will arrive at your location in pre-cut lengths. Once your box shows up, it will be just like putting Tinker Toys™ together.

Because of the nature of our pipe and fittings, this clothing rack will last a lifetime! That being said, you are also saving yourself a bunch of time and money by using Kee Klamp. For around $350, Bob put his clothing rack together and can now bring it with him wherever he goes. 

Need help getting the most usage out of your closet? Or maybe you just need additional storage for your wardrobe! Tap into our projects team for free design assistance.

Glass Panel Balcony Railing - Simple, Elegant, and Safe

Glass Panel Balcony Railing

Give your home a distinctly European look with the addition of a glass panel balcony railing. Glass panels maximize visibility and safety. Yes, you'll be doing some additional window washing, but you don't need to sacrifice your view of the sake of safety and security.

Glass Panel Balcony Railing

Building an elegant glass paneled railing isn't as complicated as you might think. Kee Klamp fittings make it easy for you to build pipe railing and attach the glass panels.

Start by designing the basic railing structure. You want to have support rails at the top and bottom to attach to the glass. Our projects team can help you decide what fittings you want to use in building a pipe rail. If you're the DIY type, then check out our pipe railing page and the general fittings page.

Once you've got the basic layout of the railing done, decide how many panels you're going to have. You'll want them to be equal in size whenever possible. This will make ordering the panels easier, create more visual symmetry and give you less headaches during installation.

The panels will be attached in the four corners using the P50 Offset Tab. This will keep the glass away from the railing and give you some flexibility in your connection point. You'll want the glass supplier to predrill the holes for you. Be sure to have an accurate idea of where the top and bottom rails will be.

This homeowner went all the way and finished off the set screws with plastic caps. In the end, they had a great looking custom balcony railing that was relatively easy to specify and build.

Glass Panel Balcony Railing

Glass Panel Balcony Railing

If you like this idea, but want some advice, tap into our projects team. They will be happy to lead you through the process and help you understand the parts you need to build your own glass paneled balcony railing.

We know that you'll love working with Kee Klamp fittings. They are simple, easy to use, and cut down on the overall installation costs. Check out some of the projects below for more ideas on what to build with Kee Klamp fittings.

DIY Freestanding Ballet Barre for Any Age, Height, and Skill Level

DIY Freestanding Ballet Barre need an outfit, some space, a teacher, and a barre. Simple enough! We had three daughters in ballet classes, but decided we would have them taught from home instead. We already had a decent space and knew someone who had taken ballet most of her life and was willing to teach in our home. Perfect! Now we just needed a barre...not a "bar". It took me a couple searches to find that out smile

DIY Freestanding Ballet Barre

Enter Kee Lite aluminum pipe fittings and aluminum pipe! I asked our ballet teacher what height she wanted the top bar to be set to (42" and the middle bar is adjustable), what distance she wanted for the legs and for the feet, then I placed an order for the fittings and pipe to her specifications.

The barre looks great and one of the best features is that it can easily be disassembled for storage.

DIY Freestanding Ballet Barre

The dimensions of the pipe I used are: 60" for the barres, 37" for the legs, 24" for the feet, and 3" pieces with plastic end plugs for inside the elbows so that the floor would not get scratched up. The pipe is 1-1/4" schedule 40 and has an outer diameter of 1.66".

Here's the complete list of materials:

Making the barre in aluminum should cost you around $350. If you want to make a cheaper version, consider using galvanized Kee Klamp fittings and steel pipe.

DIY Freestanding Ballet Barre

We can't get you happy kids, a great teacher, or outfits, but we can help you create your own ballet barre for whatever age, height, or skill level you need; it held me and one of my daughters without budging! We have both aluminum and galvanized steel in multiple sizes. Let us know what you'd like and we'll ship it directly to your doorstep.

See more pictures of my DIY ballet barre right here:

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