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OpenStructures in > Shifumi magazine

on 2012-06-17 04:12
Posted in: OS Press .

Read the full article here:

Sporemarkt Utrecht

on 2012-06-14 04:23
Posted in: OS explorations .

Pablo Calderon applied the OS grid as an underlayer for type.
more info at

We like > Elemental Chile

on 2012-06-12 10:29

Open architecture!
Just brilliant ...

OS > WaterBoiler by Jesse Howard

on 2012-04-14 08:17
Posted in: OS explorations .
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 Howard 
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 time. 

The WaterBoiler is the first object that has been conceived at the OS Work_Shop in Brussels.

OS work_shop > Brussels

on 2012-04-09 06:24
Posted in: OS work_shop .
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 storage room. 
All the wood that was used to build the furniture has been reclaimed from the OpenStructures exhibition structures in Milan and reconfigured into workshop and office structures, the kitchen is build up out of several OS kitchen components as well.

Currently the space is used and shared by  LoFi-studio + Intrastructures + Trans-ID.

We like > Contraptor / Contrapteur

on 2012-04-04 15:48

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:
See also:

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 Contraptor:)

OS > applied by Gert Aertsen

on 2012-04-04 00:07
Posted in: OS explorations .
Artist Gert Aertsen applied the OS grid in a number of his recent installations.

more info at

OpenStructures in > Viewpoint magazine

on 2012-03-17 17:20
Posted in: OS Press .

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We like > Open Source Ecology

on 2012-03-12 22:07

Open Source Ecology 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 Set. 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 ...

We like > The Free Universal Construction Kit

on 2012-03-12 20:23

F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children’s construction toys. 
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.

connecting four different systems together