An Open Invitation to Design Join
by OpenDesign, published
We want you, and you, and you, to collaborate.
â€œAn Open Invitation to Designâ€ is a design-led research project that explores the areas of collaboration, authorship and derivative design, associated with digital fabrication technologies and communication networks in the context of furniture design. It specifically serves as a critique of the open design process and aims to demonstrates the design potential of using open source methods as a generative element to design innovation.
The idea is to collaboratively design multiple chairs, building off someone else's contribution. All that is required to participate is a digital file, that is then uploaded and through Thingiverse made a derivative of this thing.
The collaborative chairs will then be produced at the FabLab in New Zealand, and documented in a Masters Thesis on Open Design. Credit will be given to the respective authors.
So how does it work
The chair is split into 3 parts, legs, seat and back rest. I imagine at first there will be a range of odd chair parts, hopefully over time people will take these parts and build from them with the goal of having a finished chair with 3 parts designed by 3 different people.
Every part designed only needs to meet two criteria. One it must be manufacturable on one of the machines listed below.
Shopbot CNC Laser Cutter (Sheet metal) UP 3D printer, PLA and ABS bed size of 140mm L x 140mm W x 135mm H Laser Cutter (Sheet acrylic)
Two it needs to incorporate the standardized join that can be found in the attached files. This is to enable parts to be built upon with relative ease. The join comes in 3 variations. All use 10mm diamater hole of any depth and are surround by a required flat section (In grey)
When you upload your part please feel free to leave build instructions and what inspired you. If you are building off someone else's part please let me know what part it is.
As long as your part meets these requirements you are free to make what you want and I will do my best to produce it. This all may seem a little confusing, so please ask if you have any questions.
Here is a file to get the ball rolling. www.thingiverse.com/thing:34078
Looking forward to seeing what you create. A big thank you in advance.