on 2012-04-09 05:24
The OS Work/Shop is a
first attempt to install, next to the online OS database, a kind of
physical space that has all the OS parts and objects in storage and
offers the infrastructure and assistance to design and develop new
parts within the OS system.
The space was designed by LoFi-studio + Intrastructures. It
hosts a small workshop, some work desks, a kitchenette and a
on 2012-04-04 14:48
Contraptor is a DIY open source construction set for
experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing,
prototyping and bootstrapping. Various сartesian robots can
be assembled from Contraptor and used as a prototyping platform for
projects such as XY plotter, mini CNC machine, 3D printer etc.
Contraptor uses several developments of the Reprap project -
specifically, Stepper Motor Driver
boards v1.x and Arduino GCode Interpreter.
The Contraptor site gives detailed instructions on how to make each
Contraptor part using widely available raw materials and simple
hand tools to drill the standardized holes.
The main project site is here: http://www.contraptor.org
See also: http://reprap.org/wiki/Contraptor
The contraptor project is inch based. However, a European
Contraptor enthousiast has converted the Contraptor grid (inch
based) to a cm based grid for his creation and applied the OS grid
in doing so. The conversion was baptized Contrapteur (French for
on 2012-04-03 14:07
Artist Gert Aertsen applied the OS grid
in a number of his recent installations.
more info at http://atkn.org/wiki/
on 2012-03-12 21:07
is accelerating the growth of the next economy - the
Open Source Economy
- an economy that optimizes both production and distribution -
while promoting environmental regeneration and social justice. They
are building the Global Village Construction
. This is a high-performance, modular,
do-it-yourself, low-cost platform - that allows for the easy
fabrication of the 50 different industrial
machines that it takes - to build a small, sustainable civilization
with modern comforts.
Needless to say we are big fans ...
on 2012-03-12 19:23
By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages
totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise
closed systems—enabling radically hybrid constructive play,
the creation of previously impossible designs, and
ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids. As
with other grassroots interoperability remedies, the Free
Universal Construction Kit implements proprietary
protocols in order to provide a public service unmet—or
unmeetable—by corporate interests.
on 2012-03-12 07:46
is a green automotive-development
company that builds cars utilizing agile methodology and has
prototyped a mass-manufacturable, ultra-low-cost, 100-mpg commuter
car. WIKISPEED is an all-volunteer distributed agile/scrum team:
members contribute their work from various locations globally and
iteratively enhance the vehicle every two weeks. This model allows
extremely high-speed development, especially when paired with
rapid-prototyping manufacturing tools.
The open-hardware movement got a tremendous boost today when
WIKISPEED and Open Source Ecology (OSE
), a group
committed to providing free plans and processes necessary for
building the global economy, announced that they are teaming up to
revolutionize transportation in the developing world.
Taking on traditional, proprietary manufacturing R & D, the two
companies aim to create an open-source product-development
methodology that would allow communities around the world to
quickly develop their own machinery and processes to support
themselves, removing a dependency on industrialized nations for
Truly amazing project ...
on 2012-03-08 13:48
is an opensource library of
electronic modules that snap together with magnets
forprototyping, learning and fun.
on 2011-07-13 19:22
We mounted an aluminium
frame on the rear end of a vintage Piaggio Ape.
The cube as well as the ground plate of this rear
end were designed and built according to the OS
(the cube measures 120x120x120cm, consists out of
aluminium tubes of 4x4cm and has 5mm perforations every
The vehicle is now travelling through 5 Belgian
cities, where 5 groups of students will build further on the
vehicle / cube (each time giving it a different function) under the
supervision of a different artist. At the end of this road trip the
different installations will be brought together, disassembled and
reconfigurated with one another.
To be continued ...
Concept & reconversion
by Thomas Lommée and Jo Van