BITS & PARTS - Makerchairs
Bits & Parts aims to utilize small 3dprinters and cnc milling machines to fabricate full size affordable furniture available to all. By fractioning designs into many small parts we where able to radically expand the potential of small consumer 3d printers and cnc milling machines. The 3D parts can be assembled into a piece of furniture like a 3 dimensional puzzle.
The first prototype was created with the help of a 3d printing hub to create the worlds first "crowd fabricated" chair. The first chair is generated out of a single shape divided into 202 3d jigsaw puzzle parts. At the moment the chair has been improved to a 77 part chair that can be manufactured in about 10 days starting at 30$.
Bits & Parts is a work in progress project and we invite all makers around the world to help improve the designs creating the most efficient, beautiful, comfortable, fully recyclable furniture in the world that can be produced locally. To make this project a succes we have to radically reduce cost and scale up an automated fabrication process. Our devopment goals range from optimizing the designs to fully automated mass digital fabrication units to streaming fabrication from the cloud.
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Beta testers wanted
In order to create designs that are unique, strong and easy to print on all desktop printers BitsandParts.org needs your help!
After signing up you are officially a BitsandParts betatester. A Betatester can download and print the files of our first prototype. All we ask in return is for you to share your experiences.
Bits & Parts is a spinoff project of the Makerchair series initiated by Joris Laarman Lab. Our Amsterdam based lab is an experimental playground that tinkers with engineers and craftsmen on the many new possibilities of emerging technology in the field of art and design.
Over the years our lab has worked together with many inspiring people in the field of digital fabrication and computational design. We work with professionals and students from many renowned institutes around the world on developing new concepts for the digital fabrication revolution.
In particular we collaborated with Ultimaker and the use of several of their Ultimaker 2's enabled us creating the Puzzle Chair prototypes.
We are interested in enthiousiastic people who would like to work with us on this project. Send us your CV and portfolio and we'll let you know!
Gijs van der Velden