on 2012-06-14 03:23
applied the OS grid as an underlayer for type.
on 2012-06-12 09:29
Just brilliant ...
on 2012-04-14 07:17
The OS WaterBoiler is an appliance that uses the
OpenStructures design principles to explore an adaptable and
scalable production process.
The Waterboiler is a design by Jesse
in collaboration with Thomas Lommée.
Coffee makers and water boilers are relatively simple
machines, yet their workings are typically inaccessible to the
user. Repair or even recycling becomes impossible: once the product
ceases to function, it is rendered disposable. The OS Boiler
explores an alternative approach to the design and production of
these ubiquitous appliances.
Based on the OS design principles, the
WaterBoiler’s (completely disassembleable) design and
transparent construction invites users to adapt, repair, and
combine with existing OpenStructures components. The limited
complexity of the Boiler allows new partnerships to emerge that can
adapt to the scale of production: a single unit designed as a DIY
kit to one-thousand units produced in a collaboration of
international suppliers and local manufacturers. Consistent
application of simple and straightforward principles in design and
production leads to an object that can evolve and adapt over
The WaterBoiler is the first object
that has been conceived at the OS
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 23:07
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
Open Source Ecology
accelerating the growth of the next economy - the Open Source
- 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.