The Open Structures website is back online after a large overhaul! It's looking great :)

Open Structures is an open source modular system that allows you to build anything from shelving to a recumbent bike to a table lamp to stool, using modular, replaceable parts and standard hardware. This means you can repair and redesign any item that fits the standard, and build new parts using designs freely available online.

I have the opportunity to team up with a company, where I create parts that conform to the Open Structures standard, and they laser cut them from perspex. The designs for the parts would of course remain in the public domain, freely available for others to laser cut the designs themselves. The company would be providing the cutting and shipping service to customers, nothing more.

Do you think it's a good idea? Do you think you'd purchase any?

And do you think I should request money from for designs that would be in the public domain anyway, free for said company to use if they wished?

I'm going to be creating templates for designing and building parts for today. I am designing the templates to be cut and scored with a laser cutter. Get in touch if you want files in PDF, LYZ, SVG or DXF format.

Well I've stayed up much too late, cutting and bending aluminium. I'm hacking this Altoids type tin, to turn it into a wood burner hot water system temperature sensing pump controller case. It's a bit of a mouthful, bit it'll be cool when it's finished. I'll write up the build and post it on the soon-to-be created WriteFreely blogging instance SBC will be setting up soon.


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Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.