on 2015-01-14 09:03
Wooden railsets, different brands, all compatible!
'A wide range of wooden trainsets, wooden trains and railway track
& accessories are compatible with each other and with the
best-known brands, such as Brio.'
'The most famous and one of the oldest manufactures of wooden
trains is BRIO of Sweden. When they settled on a wooden track
design that incorporates groves in the wood at a particular depth,
width and distance apart, those dimensions became the industry
standard. This industry standard, which also includes the jigsaw
puzzle style connections, is technically called the
'The Vario-System allows track pieces to be assembled easily
in any combination as varying lengths and shapes of track can be
fit together to make simple or complex layouts. Compatible
accessories, such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings, all use the
Vario-System allowing them to be incorporated into the
'Now many new manufactures such as Maxim, Whittle, Safari, and
Maple Landmark, provide affordable and exciting trains, track, and
accessories that are Vario-system compatible making them
interchangeable with Thomas and BRIO.'
on 2014-11-14 07:20
'What if everyday objects were produced the way open source
software is developed?'
'Realized for the BIO 50
Design in Slovenia, Hacking Households is a collaborative research
in developing an ecosystem of evolving objects that are designed,
developed, and produced democratically within open
A project by Leonardo Amico, Thibault Brevet,
Coralie Gourguechon, Jesse Howard, Jure Martinec, Nataša
Muševič and Tilen Sepič
on 2012-06-12 10:29
Just brilliant ...
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: 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 2012-03-12 22:07
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 20:23
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 08:46
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 14:48
is an opensource
library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets
forprototyping, learning and fun.
on 2011-02-12 17:15
Even LEGO is becoming an open
People are designing the LEGO blocs they always
dreamt of but that where never built. LEGO is making the
transition, whether they like it or not, from a closed,
hierarchical system towards an open, horizontal system.
small toy company specializing in custom designed LEGO®
compatible weapons and custom minifigs.