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Description:
We need a connector - a simple connecting mechanism to connect different pieces of basic unit (including scratching post, condo, shelf, base...) of modular cat furniture together. You may refer to the attached pdf file to check for the details and dimensions of our cat furniture. It is an example but not limited to this style only.
Traditionally it uses metal screws to connect different parts of cat furniture together, which is time-consuming and not user-friendly. It is not easy to assemble and disassemble. We are looking for an innovative and simple way to connect things.

Requirements:
1) Easy to use - Cat owners should be able to use this connector quickly to assemble different pieces of cat furniture together
2) Safe to use - It should be cause any danger to cats
3) Need to attach a hanging cat toy (inside the condo or under the shelf) if possible
4) Material of the connector can be wood / metal / plastic, depending on the design. We are open to suggestions
5) Looks appealing with a modern design
6) The design should not infringe on an existing patent

Please submit a neutral CAD file (STEP preferred) and a native CAD file. We also need a 2D drawing with all the dimensions and a bill of materials specified.
Wants:
Function, Usability, Form
Don't Wants:
Not user-friendly, difficult to use
Ask for Sample:
There will be a prototype and might need simple modifications later if needed.
Additional Information
Please note: You might change the overall dimensions or have modifications to the existing design, as long as it won't affect the function. The design of the cat furniture is just an example. You don't need to follow the same if you have your own idea of cat furniture. But it needs to be stable to have at least 3 levels of the shelf/platform for the cats to jump over.

**Adding one of our competitor's products which is modular cat furniture for your reference -
kittycityusa.com/products/combine.html
They are flat-packed and look easy to install. It would save much transportation costs. However, aesthetically it looks cheap and by reading the customer's comments it is not sturdy. We are looking for a design that looks modern and chic, with a stable structure, and is flat-packed! Sorry for not making it clear earlier**

Again, to all contestants, please DO NOT submit any design which needs to be screwed, either by bolts or the scratch post itself is to be screwed, as mentioned clearly in the brief. We don't want to screw as that's time-consuming.

I have added a 2nd prize because there are some great entries.
The contest is extended to 7 additional days as we need more time to check out all entries.

Entries

= Buyer's Rating
#82 Connector of Modular Cat Furniture by abhi007
Nov 14, 2022 15:23
#80 Cook Climb & Perch_base drawing by sanjeevk2
Hidden design
Download Files
Nov 8, 2022 13:36
#75 A connector of modular cat furniture by Infinite 7_∞ Designs
Nov 4, 2022 6:11
#74 Connector Cat Furniture 3D CAD Modelling by irawan.alc
Nov 4, 2022 4:28
#73 CCP T03-Layout 02 by zulfadzryl
Nov 4, 2022 0:35
#72 Connector of Modular Cat Furniture by abhi007
Nov 3, 2022 16:19
#71 Cook Climb & Perch_option 3 by sanjeevk2
Nov 3, 2022 14:26
#69 Modular Furniture for Pets R1 - Complete by Routhians
Hidden design
Nov 2, 2022 17:25
#68 Cat furniture by agapeg
Nov 2, 2022 5:55
#62 A connector of modular cat furniture by Johnney_7
Oct 31, 2022 10:05
#60 CCP T03 by zulfadzryl
Oct 30, 2022 5:45
#58 Modular Furniture for Pets R1 by Routhians
Oct 28, 2022 19:14
#57 Hello sir I have attached sample of the file you need of cat furnitursample by agapeg
Hidden design
Oct 28, 2022 10:50
#56 A connector of modular cat furniture by Johnney_7
Oct 28, 2022 6:17
#55 Cook Climb & Perch_option 2 by sanjeevk2
Hidden design
Oct 27, 2022 14:45
#52 Modular Furniture for Pets R0 by Routhians
Hidden design
Oct 24, 2022 18:24
#49 Connector_Plastic_Snaps_universal_A-B_side by Ziga Skobir
Oct 23, 2022 9:33
#48 Connector of Cat furniture by BAnuK
Oct 23, 2022 5:12
#46 Cook Climb & Perch by sanjeevk2
Hidden design
Oct 22, 2022 8:09
#44 CAT HOUSE by mechalover009
Hidden design
Oct 20, 2022 10:55
#40 CAT_MODEL by hallbrahmt
Hidden design
Oct 19, 2022 12:14

Discussion

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mitel

Buyer

Fri, 28 Oct 2022 07:01:21 +0000
@AlainVat

1) Sorry for missing the link, please find it here - http://kittycityusa.com/products/combine.html
2) Yes prefer built in

Thank you
Thu, 27 Oct 2022 01:30:11 +0000
Hi Sir! Very nice contest.

I have 2 questions.

1) In the aditional info, you mention: "**Adding one of our competitor's products which is modular cat furniture for your reference.**" Where can I find it? I the only attachment I can see is the original, called "Instructions"

2) The idea of the connector is that it would be "built in" with the cat furniture itself? Or it has to be something that it should be added to an existing cat furniture?

Thanks in advance!

mitel

Buyer

Wed, 12 Oct 2022 09:33:57 +0000
For some entries, contestants just upload a picture of cat furniture without a clear annotation showing how the connecting mechanism works. It is very difficult to understand. A pdf file with a detailed drawing of the connector is needed in this case. I have given specific comments to those contestants. Please note.

mitel

Buyer

Wed, 12 Oct 2022 06:24:28 +0000
@mumer
It is much clearer if you have both versions of the assembly and disassembly of the cat furniture

Adam-maulana91

Designer

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 01:28:54 +0000
I sent the Parasolid file, can it be opened with you?

Ebrahimalnomari

Designer

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 11:23:44 +0000
Hello sir
The column can be installed from the bottom and from the top through the complementary parts of the model. Please see the file carefully.

mumer

Designer

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 10:06:28 +0000
Hi, should the boxes be preassembled permanently or do we need to construct similar assembly and disassembly for the complete furniture including boxes. Kindly text me.

mitel

Buyer

Mon, 10 Oct 2022 08:35:33 +0000
Again, to all contestants, please DO NOT submit any design which needs to be screwed, as mentioned clearly in the brief. We don't want to screw as that's time-consuming.

sherifelsheikh

Designer

Sun, 09 Oct 2022 14:39:52 +0000
Please rate the designs to improve if needed

gopinathr1

Designer

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 13:16:11 +0000
Hi Mitel. How many Condos do you expect to have in your model? 1for each level or may we have our choices ?

mitel

Buyer

Fri, 07 Oct 2022 03:14:43 +0000
Hi All,
Thank you for your interest in the contest. Yes, you might change the overall dimensions or have modifications to the existing design, as long as it won't affect the function. The design of the cat furniture is just an example. You don't need to follow the same if you have your own idea. But it needs to be stable to have at least 3 levels of the shelf.
Fri, 07 Oct 2022 02:20:20 +0000
Hi,
Are you a manufacturer or an individual who purchased the product? Is the design and dimension of the component modifiable?
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 21:39:55 +0000
Wow!!! I am happy to be able to participate in this challenge
This kind of oportunities I like to have in life.
It says the contest ends in 21 days but really when do you think it will determine a design as the best one.
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 17:37:02 +0000
can you please share material details, and if there any manufacturing process and limitations etc.
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 17:37:01 +0000
can you please share material details, and if there any manufacturing process and limitations etc.

sherifelsheikh

Designer

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:23:58 +0000
Hello Mitel, Can I change slightly dimensions to suit the connected boltless mechanism?

Johnney_7

Designer

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 10:21:46 +0000
Hello mitel, thank you for the interesting contest. can we change overall dimensions like total height and width?
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:08:51 +0000
Cats are my special interest, I will participate in the competition, I have very good ideas in my mind
I have over 20 years of experience in solidworks and specialize in machine design and mold design.
I can also present the mold designs of the intermediate assembly parts. I can create designs in surface forms that will be pleasing to the eye.
You can also get my toy and cat sand cleaning shovel designs for cats here.

https://funpir.com/author/chagocad/

https://grabcad.com/cagin.gergin.chagocad-1

abhi007

Designer

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 05:36:21 +0000
Hi @mitel, can we do some minor modifications in the existing design?

mitel

Buyer

Thu, 06 Oct 2022 02:25:43 +0000
@Manuel Rosso
Thank you for your reference. However, we don't want to use any screwdriver in the assembly. But it still requires a screw in your reference.

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