Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons Illustration: Andrzej Krauze ‘At a certain stage of development, the material productive forces of society come into conflict with the existing relations of production or – this merely expresses the same thing in legal terms – with the property relations within the framework of which they have operated hitherto. From forms of development of the productive forces these relations turn into their fetters. Then begins an era of social revolution. The changes in the economic foundation lead sooner or later to the transformation of the whole immense superstructure.’
adafruit November 15, 2011 AT 12:00 am Build a Laser 3D Printer – Stereolithography at Home. RobHopeless writes - Tina Baine, DIY: Turning consumers into creators Let's say you have an idea for a product, maybe even one that will enhance or improve people's lives: a remote-controlled lawn mower for the elderly, a combo light show/breathalyzer your party guests can consult before driving home, or a stylish laser-cut table that breaks down quickly and packs flat for storage or easy transportation. What if you could design your idea using free software? What if you could produce parts for your product using machinery you build from free blueprints or a kit, and could actually manufacture that product on your own desktop or in your office, without a factory? What if you could easily customize your product -- making each one slightly different -- at almost no extra cost? The founders of MakersFactory want to show you how to do all this and more.
Tesco could soon offer 3D printing so customers can print out their own toys, spare parts and clothes Paul Wilkinson, a lead research specialist with the supermarket, revealed 3D printing ambitions on a blog post for tesco.comSaid Tesco already print photos so 3D printing is a natural progressionWilkinson is on a trip to the U.S. to 'meet some of the big names... to find an idea or product that might just change the retail world' Published: 16:53 GMT, 25 June 2013 | Updated: 16:55 GMT, 25 June 2013 Customers could soon design their own items, go into a supermarket and have them printed in 3D, if an ambitious major project by Tesco succeeds. WikiSpeed, Manufacturing in the Age of Open Collaboration If Henry Ford was still around, what would he do to disrupt manufacturing once gain in this new century? He would certainly join Team WikiSpeed, using Agile, Open Source and Modular Design to bring on a Third Industrial Revolution. Ever since Michel Bauwens brought it to our attention, WikiSpeed has been one of the projects that excited us the most in the Collaborative Production field.
3D printed Twitter visualizations More fun with making data solid As I’ve posted before, I love the idea of turning data into solid physical objects. Karsten Schmidt (aka Toxi) worked with some students at HEAD – Geneva last year to create some neat visualizations, including a physical representation of a Twitter stream. adafruit November 3, 2011 AT 10:22 pm Michelle Hlubinka writes - TechShop, the network of membership-supported fab spaces, asks “What do you want to make?” For the last couple of years, the Young Makers program has asked a similar question, adding a couple of letters to it: “What do youth want to make?”This Sunday afternoon, November 6th, TechShop and the Young Makers program team up to co-host a meet-and-greet at TechShop San Francisco.
Samuel Bernier creates designer lampshade using UP! 3D printer Jun.9, 2012 Samuel Nelson Bernier is an industrial designer from the countryside of Quebec. A few months ago he created Project RE_ as a research for his graduation project at UdeM. He uses a small UP! 3D printer from PP3DP aiming to explore 3D printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. The Post-Apocalypse Survival Machine Nerd Farm Marcin Jakubowski sits cross-legged on the dirt floor of a round hut in Missouri farm country, carefully making an open-faced mayo and cheddar sandwich. Inside the hut there’s a bed, a small desk, a few plastic containers (including one for food), and, occasionally, mice and snakes. It’s 104F out and only slightly cooler inside. There’s no fridge, so just how the mayonnaise hasn’t spoiled is something of a mystery. Jakubowski, who’s of average height and extremely fit, wears khakis and a long-sleeve oxford shirt. “What we are doing here is conducting a civilization reboot experiment,” he says.
FabFi does fabulous things in Afghanistan and Kenya Something interesting is happening in Afghanistan. It’s also happening in Kenya. I think that it is proof that it is possible to open the Internet to every developing country in the world. 7 Successful Products to Emerge From San Francisco's TechShop - Nicholas Jackson - Technology With hundreds of members at each location, TechShop is in the process of expanding its franchise. Here's proof that the model can work. Jim Newton has close to 300 ideas that he would like to see realized. About five years ago, when that list seemed more manageable at only 200 items, Newton opened the first TechShop in Menlo Park, California.
3D printing: Home or Home Depot? Will 3D printing end up being in your home or something that you visit down at Home Depot? I suspect the answer falls in the range of "it depends," since a recent university study claims an average U.S. household would save hundreds to thousands of dollars per year with a 3-D printer while Gartner thinks consumers have little to gain while enterprises will be the big winners. Released last week by Michigan Technological University (MTU), "Life-Cycle Economic Analysis of Distributed Manufacturing with Open-Source 3-D Printers" believes a low-cost 3D printer would save anywhere from $300 to $2000 per year, assuming the printing of twenty open-source printable designs and the ability to reproduce around half of its own mechanical components. When parts start to wear out, the 3D printer owner prints up new ones and puts them in. MTU looked at a basket of 20 3D products and their online counterparts.
Northeast Ohio's 'fab labs': Whatever happened to ...? Lisa DeJong, The Plain DealerIn this January 2010 photo, Lorain Community College student Desirae Cox celebrates after high-fiving President Barack Obama during a tour of the college's "Fab Lab." "Whatever happened to . . .?" is a weekly series updating some of the most newsworthy and interesting local stories covered in The Plain Dealer.