The Opendesk lab at Trailerpark I/O will explore the concepts of open source design, hacked design and local making. Also, it will discuss how we can design for the circular economy and make our products interactive and responsive, using single-board computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Increasing access to digital fabrication has seen a new dimension in production arise, with decentralised, localised capacity and online tools resulting in a shift in manufacturing and distribution as we know it. With the help of CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting and other techniques, along with the spreading of fab labs and maker spaces around the world, designers and makers can now create their imagined products largely by themselves.
One of the companies at the forefront of digital fabrication is London-based Opendesk. Their global platform features open-sourced designs that can be downloaded as digital files, tweaked and then produced by independent fabricators locally – on demand, anywhere in the world. Opendesk makes products as close as possible to where they’re needed by shipping furniture as software, not heavy hardware.
At the moment, Opendesk is focusing on workspace furniture, but that is just the beginning. They are currently developing a range of smart products with integrated electronic components, and have also started looking into new materials. In a recent collaboration with Smile Plastics, a UK company that produces recycled sheet materials from entirely post-consumer waste plastics, old yoghurt pots and recycled bottles were used in the making of desks and stools.
We are super excited to have Opendesk host a lab on digital fabrication as part of this year’s Trailerpark I/O. The lab will explore the concepts of open source design, hacked design and local making, and also discuss how we can design for the circular economy and make our products interactive and responsive, using single-board computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
The lab has room for 25 participants. Everyone is welcome to apply for a seat.
Note that you can only apply for one lab, as all labs at I/O take place between 10am and 12.30pm.
Trailerpark I/O – unfolding the world of art, design and technology
Trailerpark I/O, a one-day event in Copenhagen on July 29, amplifies curiosity, celebrates ideas and showcases what happens when creativity, radical ideas and technology meet. The event exhibits futuristic and visionary ideas, talks by thought-leaders and troublemakers from around the globe, and labs, where people can co-develop ideas with leading experts.
The labs at I/O are all about getting involved, playing around and creating value together. The idea is to gather people and startups around a specific challenge or theme and together with experts and great facilitators try to develop new solutions together. We believe in an arena where the exploratory approach trumps the fear of failing and where collaboration is more important than showing off.
Learn more about I/O at http://io.trailerparkfestival.com/.