The OpenStructures blog.

We like > Wikispeed

on 2012-03-12 08:46

Team WIKISPEED 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 costly solutions.

Truly amazing project ...

We like > LittleBits

on 2012-03-08 14:48
LittleBits is an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets forprototyping, learning and fun.

OpenStructures > picked up as one of the big ideas for 2012 by WIRED-UK magazine!

on 2012-01-17 13:00
Posted in: OS Press .
View here.

We like > Giffi: Gift for Future Inventor

on 2012-01-12 16:20

Giffi, GIft For Future Inventors let children build their own robots or kinetic sculptures.
It consists of moving parts and support parts.

There are currently three types of moving parts: rotating, linear actuating and sweeping. Each part has its own microcontroller inside, by simply assembling and plugging them in to power with a battery box or
wall plug box, children can quickly build a moving object. There are also many passive parts that enable them to design different forms.

more info on the website of Kuan Ju Wu

OS > ape.

on 2011-07-13 20:22
Posted in: OS explorations .
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 grid 
(the cube measures 120x120x120cm, consists out of aluminium tubes of 4x4cm and has 5mm perforations every 4cm).

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 Bostraeten

OpenStructures in > VELO!

on 2011-07-09 16:31
Posted in: OS Press .
The CargoBike by Jo Van Bostraeten was featured in 'Velo'.
Velo presents the design and visual aesthetic of today's cycling culture.

OS > tree structures

on 2011-06-19 18:20
A proposal for temporarly wooden structure to host an art festival somewhere in the woods by Thomas Lommée & Christiane Hoegner.

OpenStructures in > The future laboratory

on 2011-06-17 18:17
Posted in: OS Press .

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OpenStructures in > OPEN DESIGN NOW

on 2011-06-17 11:32
Posted in: OS Press .

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Puzzling in Berlin

on 2011-06-11 21:29
Posted in: OS explorations .
We were invited in Berlin by the DMY festival to present and puzzle with the OpenStructures project at their Makerlab event.
Some of the results are featured below.

Many thanks to Ake Rudolf and his crew for their efforts and the great event!

Mashing up the motorbloc (by Thomas Lommée + Jo Van Bostraeten) and CargoBike (by Jo Van Bostraeten) ...

Reconfiguring the transport box (by Laurens Bekemans and Thomas Lommée) into a table structure ..