Business Week features Ponoko

Cool Things You Can Design Yourself

In a slide show atttached to a special report in Business Week on Thinking About Open Design by Roland Harwood and David Simoes-Brown, Ponoko gets a mention in Cool Things You Can Design Yourself suggesting Ponoko to be a perfect place to Design and Make your own furniture.

Of course as their reference image above illustrates, Ponoko is perfect for designing and making a diverse range of items from jewelry to cutlery, lamps to iPad stands, clocks to coathangers, the possibilities are endless. The article also mentions Makerbot, LEGO’s Design byME, Converse, Blank Label and others that straddle a broad spectrum of DIY from open 3D printing to cosmetic mass customization.

Harwood & Simoes-Brown are co-founders of 100%Open, an agency devoted to open innovation. Their article sites an example of their work using consumers to lead innovation with Virgin Atlantic which led to six social media-based projects including a taxi-sharing scheme for Virgin Atlantic customers and a Facebook application that links with the company’s “Flying Club.”
I am not sure their example is really open innovation or crowd sourcing as 100%Open and Virgin were gatekeepers to which social media based projects were supported, although I guess the ‘consumers’ could start their own facebook page?

What do you think defines Open Design? Cosmetic customization, your hand held through an ideation process or access to data and tools?

Decoylab’s Delightful Clocks

Decoylab specializes in making of unique and decorative clocks for home. Their goal is to create quality, eco-friendly* products that are affordable, functional and beautiful.

The Bamboo Clock Collection features a range of animal and Kirie, Japanese paper cut inspired designs that all have a certain playful charm. Along with their range of clocks Decoylab also sell cute laser cut animal shaped jewelry such as the Rabbit Pin available in their Etsy Shop.

TerraCycle Launches the Worlds Largest Green Pop-Up Store

9,367,838 People Collecting Trash to Turn into Products.

TerraCycle makes affordable, eco-friendly products from a wide range of different non-recyclable waste materials. With over 50 products available at major retailers like Walmart, Target, The Home Depot, OfficeMax, Petco and Whole Foods Market, TerraCycle is one of the fastest growing eco-friendly manufacturers in the world. Their hope is to eliminate the idea of waste by finding innovative, unique uses for materials others deem garbage.

Situated the corner of 8th Avenue and 41st Street at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, The TerraCycle ‘Green Up’ Shop was officially launched March 27th and will run through early May. The shop will feature TerraCycle’s full line of over 100 products literally made from common waste materials such as chip bags, food wrappers, yogurt cups, glue bottles and writing instruments. In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the space is being transformed into what could be one of largest, most eclectic collections of sustainable, responsible products and companies.

Founded in 2001 by a 19 year old Princeton University freshman named Tom Szaky, TerraCycle started as an organic fertilizer company and has grown into a multi-category, eco-friendly powerhouse. Tom’s dream was to find way a new, more responsible way of doing doing business that would be good for the planet, good for people and good for the bottom line!

TerraCycle also runs free national collection programs that pay non-profits and schools TerraCycle has exclusive partnerships with major CPG companies such as Kraft Foods, Frito Lay (Pepsi), Stonyfield Farm, Mars Wrigley and many more. The partnerships create free collection programs that pay schools and non-profits nationwide to collect used packaging such as drink pouches, energy bar wrappers, yogurt cups, cookie wrappers, chip bags and more! The collected materials are upcycled into affordable, high quality products ranging from tote bags and purses to shower curtains and kites. In addition, TerraCycle works with these partners to find innovative uses for all of their waste streams and, by making products from these various waste streams, TerraCycle prevents 1000’s of tons of waste from going to landfills.

via PSFK

Design and Make your own 3D printer with Ponoko and MakerBot

Enter the third dimension

In Ponoko’s drive to downloadable designs via distributed fabrication, and to bring 3D printing to it’s community at the lowest cost per print, you can now use the world’s easiest making system to design and make your own desktop factory.

MakerBot Industries – makers of open source 3D printers – has opened a MakerBot showroom on Ponoko enabling creators to design and make their own custom desktop 3D printers.

The MakerBot CupCake printer turns digital 3D designs into almost anything up to 4″ x 4″ x 6″ in size from ABS plastic. And creators can now visit MakerBot’s Ponoko showroom, download the CupCake case design files – for FREE, customize them (under an Attribution Share Alike License) to suit a specific application or aesthetic, and click to make them from a wide selection of materials.

Visitors to MakerBot’s Ponoko showroom can also select the robotics kits (basic kit or deluxe kit) needed to complete the assembly of their 3D printer. Kits include absolutely everything required to get started in the personal fabrication revolution, and in the case of the deluxe kit, right down to the tweezers.

Or if you don’t want to tweak and modify you could buy the Original CupCake CNC Deluxe Kit and get straight to work with the instructions wiki as your guide.

MakerBot’s Bre Pettis says “It’s easy for folks to download the MakerBot files, modify them if you want and get them made by Ponoko. Want to get your MakerBot made out of bamboo or get a custom body? Ponoko can handle it. If you make and distribute any changes, you are required to publish your changes so the community can see the innovations you’ve made.”

So take advantage of the opportunity to customize, personalize and even improve the MakerBot design but, if you’re going to distribute your version, make sure you share the love by publishing your changes (photos and designs) to your Ponoko showroom like this and/or Thingiverse.

Check out the MakerBot Blog for more info.

And no, this is not some sort of cruel April Fools day trick … you now have the ability to design the world’s best looking desktop 3D printer!

3-Piece Living Room Furniture Set Constructed from a Shopping Cart

Ramon Coronado’s Mercado Negro

Mercado Negro is a Spanish word for Black Market. This 12 week project deals with reclaiming an ordinary, everyday object and transforming it into something with a completely different purpose. Ramon also wanted to create a project that commented on the shortage of parks and recreational functions in Los Angeles.

This area is filled with trash on the sidewalks, people sleeping everywhere, and an abundance of shopping carts. Shopping carts exist everywhere and anywhere throughout the city of LA and include themselves as part of LA’s landscape. A shopping cart says a lot about a city. Seeing one on every block adds attention to the poverty and that there is no control of private property.
I took it upon myself to take a shopping cart and make a statement with it. I reclaimed LA’s iconic shopping cart and created furniture for kids to enjoy in these urban Los Angeles areas. The project is a criticism of the scarcity of recreational functions for kids growing up in a dense city like
Los Angeles.

The series consists of a chair, table, lamp and swing, with the swing somehow coming across less humorous and a little dark. Especially as photographed in the lonely and desolate landscape of inner city LA

via Dornob

The Arcade Project – Gaffa’s Pop Up Store: Currently Accepting Applications

Show your wares in Sydney

Applications are being accepted for The Arcade Project – a new initiative providing creative producers, designers and craftspeople access to a short term, creatively driven retail space in the heart of the Sydney’s CBD.

The Arcade Project, an initiative of Gaffa Gallery, seeks to provide promotional spaces for motivated and proactive mid-career makers and designers. This is a unique opportunity for designers to have their work displayed in a ‘pop-up’ style retail space, and gain access to a wide and varied audience in the inner city of Sydney.

The purpose of this initiative is to enable the exchange of critical dialogue and feedback from peers, whilst instigating greater opportunities for public exposure and career development. The Arcade Project will be a hub for those who appreciate intelligent design, giving designers and makers the chance to have their work viewed, considered, discussed and purchased by the general public, while sharing the experience as part of Gaffa’s creative community.

How to make a Guitar using Ponoko

Be a DIY rock star courtesy of PaulRhoneyGuitarCo.

One of the more ambitious projects you may want to undertake using Ponoko may be to build your own guitar!! PaulRhoneyGuitarCo’s showroom is currently selling laser cut templates for a Telemonster, Jazzmonster, Jazzblaster, Sally and Panthera guitars.
Paul also shares some tips on how to make your own guitar on his blog. Simple enough if you have the tools but does not include the electrical components of the guitar which I assume is important. So it may not get you to the point where you are ready to get on your knees on stage playing searing lead breaks on your DIY guitar, but it may get you to start thinking about it.

Paul Rhoney is a semi-professional electric guitar maker in Portland, Oregon. Generally focusing on one-off custom builds and replacement parts, Paul has a great attention to detail and a commitment to quality.
Below is an image of a guitar Paul has made, maybe even using Ponoko?

Prizmatic jewellery by stone and honey

Subtle enough for everyday wear, but still bold enough to stand out.

This new and innovative collection features bold, ethereal pieces fashioned from brazilian agate and delicate metalwork. crisp geometric design combines with the rough-hewn beauty of natural agate for a look that is modern, eye catching and rich in contrast. because no two stones are alike, each piece is one of a kind. this singularity allows for endless possibilities and a collection that is constantly evolving. in addition to work in agate and sterling silver, stone and honey have also created a complementary line of delicate gold fill necklaces, perfect for everyday wear. stone and honey(previously mentioned by Kristen) marks the beginning of an entirely new direction for the smallthings studio.

Reminding me a little of the work of Nervous in their Ponoko showroom, I really like the angular motif with fine details. For a completely different take on the same aesthetic check out Spinthread who are doing it, with embroidery…

Fabulous Fabbers

David Benqué’s piece in the Royal College of Art in Kensington’s IMPACT exhibition.

Commissioned by the EPSRC as part of the Impact! exhibition at the Royal College of Art. 16 students, graduates and teaching staff from the Design Interactions department were paired with scientists to make projects that explore the implications of their research in society.
David Benqué worked with the 3D MINTEGRATION team, who are researching new techniques to manufacture complex, miniaturised and integrated products, with cheaper and smaller infrastructure than the current silicon industry.

Instant Pocket: As Seen On TV

from ‘the catalog of industrial design disasters’

Peel-and-stick Instant Pocket gives you a pocket so you can mingle with crowds, go for a run or work in the yard and keep important things safe.

This is the kind of item you usually see in those weird junk mail catalogs that have every innovation for the home that you will never need or want. I like to call them ‘the catalog of industrial design disasters‘ and know that I have truly failed as a designer when anything I have ever worked on ends up there.