Digital fabrication technology has had a radical influence on the manufacturing proces in the design world. It has become more than a tool for prototyping. Rather a technology that enables the manufacturing of actual unique end products.
We believe in the symbiosis of handcrafts and technology like parametric design tools and digital fabrication. And like Makerchairs the Makertables fit right into that dream. All of the tables – we made different versions same as the chairs – are composed of digitally fabricated 3D parts that fit together exactly, like a three-dimensional puzzle. By fractioning designs into many small parts, we radically expanded the potential of small consumer 3D printers and CNC milling machines. Building these pieces out of small parts is essential, given the small building platforms of most machines. The digital era allows lightweight organic shapes made out of an endless variety of materials, building blocks and color gradients.
In the tradition of the early modernists, who often created manuals of their designs so that people could replicate their work at low cost, the blueprints of the 3D-printable versions of the Makerchairs were made available on the Internet under a creative commons license for people to download, modify and manufacture themselves. In that sense the Maker furniture is a work in progress and we invite everyone to help make them smarter and more diverse.
(photocredit: JL, Olivier de Gruijter, Leonard Faustle)