on 2015-01-19 08:47
'Seeing totally unrelated objects perfectly nestle inside of each
other provides a certain kind of peace in an otherwise chaotic
We couldn't agree more.
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 2014-10-14 11:30
'Vehicles have become increasingly specialized and unique,
yet their mechanical essence remains largely the same. Could the
future of transportation lie in a sustainable, modular mechanical
solution where the main element – an engine – is
adaptable in and to a variety of local contexts?
With this in mind, the team created an engine that can be removed
and interchanged between different vehicles. Developed with
Slovenian motorcycle company Tomos
, the engine could be hacked onto a
range of existing modes of transport and tools, used on one after
another as the user searches the landscape.
It's a manifest that states that humans will always find ways
to deal with industrial goods and waste, that planned obsolescence
or design made to be not hackable or hard to understand is a danger
for the system of object and the creativity of makers.'
A project by
Ricardo Carneiro, Gaspard Tiné-Berès, Tristan Kopp
and Antoine Monnet.
on 2014-01-13 01:55
'Dowel blocks joined by doweling to create multiple shapes, fun
polyester decorative plywood blocks can be joined with doweling to
form various shapes – the only limit is your imagination.
Holes on five sides allows the blocks to be connected
three-dimensionally in an infinite number of ways."
on 2013-05-21 00:27
'British engineers have designed an Ikea-inspired flat-pack truck
which will be shipped to developing countries to help people in
remote villages transport essential supplies. British
will make the parts that will be gathered
together at two locations, one in the Midlands and one in the south
of England. The boxy, Lego-like truck will be shipped in pieces,
stacked six to a container which could normally only carry two
fully assembled vehicles."
"Our aim is to give people in the developing world an
affordable means of doing for themselves what they rely on
outsiders for--fetching water, distributing seed and fertiliser,
carrying people and produce to market and providing access to
medical help." Sir
Global Vehicle Trust (GVT) has created a prototype truck to
bring cheap and reliable transportation to the developing world.
The aim was simple - GVT wanted to create a reliable,
cost-effective, work-horse for people in the world’s most
remote places. After considerable design work the 2.2 liter, diesel
driven OX was born. Weighing in at 1,500kg the OX “will seat
13 people, carry eight 44 gallon oil drums” or deliver a
2,000kg payload, which ever you choose.
But to truly make the OX widely accessible, GVT took a page
from modern furniture manufactures and turned the OX into a flat
package for easy shipping and assembly on site. Once packed, six
OXs can fit inside a single shipping container.
on 2012-11-11 10:48
This family of household appliances presents a near-future scenario
in which users are actively involved in producing, repairing, and
modifying their own products. Each appliance is constructed from
3D-printed and CNC manufactured components based on the
OpenStructures design principles, standard components, and parts
salvaged from existing discarded appliances.
For each appliance, a single page manual provides building
instructions as well as links
download the OS compatible 3D printed and CNC milled components and
sources for finding salvageable parts. In combination with the set
of tools available at Fab Labs though out the world, the manuals
allow the appliances to be reproduced by nearly anyone, from nearly
The 'Transparent Kitchen Tools' project was the graduation project
of Jesse Howard
at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (july 2012).
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