Product Design

Arizona State University
Fabricating Information
Fall 2011
Instructor: David Newton

Digital fabrication technologies are changing the way products are designed, sold, and distributed – moving us from an era of one size fits all to one of user generated design. Emerging businesses like Ponoko and Shapeways are advancing this user generated model by allowing users to post and sell product design files online. In this new business model consumers first pick from the posted designs, then pay a fee (for materials, shipping, and for the design), the design is then fabricated using cnc driven processes, and then finally shipped for assembly by the consumer. This new model of sales and production boasts less material waste, no extra inventory, no large expenditures on research and development of products, and a huge database of ever increasing designs. For this project I developed my own commercially viable cnc driven product for possible posting and sale on user generated design sites like Ponoko.

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