Materials List: Out-of-the Box:
A Furniture Design + Engineering Challenge

  • initial, small-scale quick prototyping materials, such as heavy-weight paper, cardstock, chipboard, lightweight foam core board, toothpicks, (optional) orthographic paper for orthographic production drawings
  • cardboard of all kinds, such as corrugated, smooth, rigid, flexible, paper towel tubes, mailing tubes, carpet roll tubes; appliance boxes work well and can be obtained at big box stores; make enough available so each team could build any of the identified furnishings
  • cutting tools: box cutters, craft knives, cutting mats, self-healing mat boards, (optional) hand saws
  • measuring tools: metal rulers, yardsticks (those with non-skid backings are best), tape measures
  • adhesives: white school glue (available in bulk from school supply retailers), tape, spray-on adhesives for temporary and quick prototyping, kraft paper tape (traditional brown packaging tape that requires moistening, but provides strong, long-lasting seal on boxes and cartons; available at, Office Depot or packaging stores)
  • small buckets/bins, for moistening kraft tape
  • inexpensive paint brushes; available in paint sections at hardware stores
  • (optional) canvas drop cloths, to protect floor or work surfaces
  • safety equipment, such as safety glasses and eye protection, depending on tools used
  • computers with internet access, for research
  • sketch books, Post-it notes and pencils, for field trip
  • cameras, to make visual record of architectural works seen on the field trip and document prototype progress