The Y-Table

Posted: April 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

The Y-Table is built for mobile collaboration. The three long slabs connect in the middle, providing maximum workspace and a collapsible structure. Note the blackboard slot for easy signage and doodling.

The table was designed by The Anxious Prop for the MakerLab in Milan.

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Maker Lab Milan

Posted: April 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

If you’re in Milan for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile or Public Design Festival this week, be sure to swing by the Maker Lab Milan. Public hacking will commence!

On Bike Locks and Sharing

Posted: November 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

There’s a forthcoming book on open design curated by Premsela, Dutch Platform for Design and Fasion, Waag Society and Creative Commons Netherlands in partnership with FabLab. Groundwork for Open Design Now was laid during the DMY Maker Lab and later at a workshop in Amsterdam; both of which I delightfully attended. The book previewed recently at PICNIC, and now the text is in full iteration and will hit the publisher soon. It’ll showcase some stellar examples of open design, as well as provide background and a critical perspective of the years to come in the field.

While we wait, I wanted to share an excerpt I found to be a very simple yet sharp metaphor for “IP-theft” versus the positive messaging of sharing and Creative Commons licenses. The quotation comes from Dr. Peter Troxler’s profile of Open Design founding father, Ronen Kadushin. Ronen will probably hate me that phrase. ^_^

Let’s say you have a good bicycle. You like it, so you buy a really nice lock for it. If a thief wants to take this bicycle, it doesn’t matter how good your lock is, he will find a way to take your bicycle. And this is exactly the same with intellectual property. I’m not saying that I’m leaving my bicycles without a lock; [my work] has a lock. But the lock says, “Hey, you want to ride this and give it back when you’re finished?” You know, because you can have a ride, but if you want to buy it, I will sell the bike to you [Ronen releases most of his works under BY-NC-SA]. If you want to produce it, I will let you do it. But there are many more options. People should be straight and honest about it.

Speaking of locks, at Ronen’s latest exhibition, Recent Uploads, Parker and I hatched a fun art project: why not DIY scan a Kindle ebook? You know, purchase a DRM-wrapped text of your choice, set up the Kindle on a flatbed scanner, and just rip, mix, burn your way through it. There’s a difference between locks that say no and locks that say please treat me nicely.


Posted: October 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

MakerLegoBot: a 3D printer made of LEGO that prints LEGO. Enough meta to make your geek mind spin! / via brainpicker

Chasing the Buffalo

Posted: August 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

What balance of order and chaos inspires us to be creative? How does the spirit of online collaboration translate to physical space? What lessons do open design principles hold for the future of society and sustainable production?

Last night, KS12 premiered the last film in their trilogy, Chasing the Buffalo. The immediated auto-documentary was created at the DMY Maker Lab, a collaboration of numerous makers, tinkerers, and thinkers. The film explores the principles of open design and asks how open design processes will affect the future of making and doing.

The film is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0. You can follow the discussion on and with the hashtag #chasingthebuffalo.

Congrats, KS12!

A Shift: A Documentary on FabLab in The Netherlands

Posted: June 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

Friends from the Dutch FabLab network are in this 14min. documentary about fabbing and making by Elmine Wijnia.

A Shift: a documentary on FabLab in The Netherlands on Vimeo.

Product outputs of the DMY Maker Lab

Posted: June 18th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

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I’m presently drafting a monster post trying to tell a story of stories about the Epicness of the DMY Maker Lab. The vibe was so intense with maker energy and fun, that at times I nearly cried with joy.

As well as the emergence of the space (see below), there were a number of product outputs which I will attempt to document as best I can. I apologise in advance for the absence of documentation and accreditation, because I do not know the creators of all objects. However I encourage them to come forward and share their files and processes.

Luis project!  by Kabelfresser.

Luis was building a light frame for the starch plastic lampshades, it subsequently evolved into a futuristic helmet that did the talking for him @ Pecha Kucha DMY.

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Laser cut rings were proving a popular hit, I hope we can get some photo’s of Zelda’s name knuckle dusters

little lasercut lamp out of cardboard by Kabelfresser.

Mendel constructed a laser cut frame for starch plastic lighting, but we decided it was beautiful in it’s own right.

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I was very pleased with the lightness of this lampshade. It’s unfinished beta quality indicates maker process, and invites the user to finish it.

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Some laser cut bling

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I love this laser cut necklace, will try and get the source files from waag (hopefully it will be entered in the (Un) limited design competition, the same applies to the bag below.

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There was a lot of starch plastic (FKA bioplastic) iterations, at the event and more we hope to follow.

Big thanks to everybody who helped make this event rock – especially these guy’s, DMY, Etsy and Becks

The DMY Maker Lab was a collaborative emergent event, created by everybody that attended. If you were a part of it, please tell your story.

We will be having a public “Decompression” on Tuesday for those interested to hear and share stories and outcomes from the event, plus exploring where next for the Open Design City

Photo credits:, and

DMY Maker Lab Gets New Site, Coverage

Posted: June 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

Things are gearing up for the DMY Maker Lab, which kicks off tomorrow evening, June 9, at Templehof. We’ve got a new website on DMY, which mirrors the info at Our awesome trailer by KS12 ended up on MAKE MAGAZINE and CRAFT, and our Facebook page is filling up.

Send an email to or head directly to the space to get involved.

You can also follow us on Twitter with #dmymakerlab and swim in our Flickr pool See you there!

Chaordination, and the emergence of the collective will

Posted: June 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments » In February we participated in a modest event at Betahaus sponsored by jovoto who kindly provided a

DMY Maker Lab – A four day festival of making, 9 -13 June, Templehof

Posted: May 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: od10beta | No Comments »

What happens when you take 200 square metres of space and the following?

A laser cutter
Some maker bots
A vinyl cutter
CNC router
Screen printing equipment
A loom

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