Tuesday, 19 July 2011

New Mini Prototype

update from the Netherlands: 
1) prototyped low-tech production facility on-hold.
2) prototyped medium-tech production facility is a SUCCESS. manufactured and assembled a click-raft-cube within one day, with just one person...
- table-saw, set to 200mm
- measurement board for quick marking the holes
- fixed drill
- saw with custom sliding jig for cutting the click-joints
3) now trying some weatherproofing ideas and am about to test the unit in the field, 21st to 25th, by sleeping in it.
This approach continues to search for and refine minimal production processes. However it is good to reflect on the consequences of not fabricating all those 'potential' click-joints...
1. without click-joints there is less flexibility to change or adapt the structure later
2. without click-joints there is reduced opportunity to utilise the structure as integrated storage/shelving.
3. without click-joints there is less potential to (re)use it for other things or upgrade/improve over time
4. without click-joints there are no integrated fixing points for cladding systems, furniture options etc.

This prototype offers a new type that is even more minimal, while its trade-off reduction in click-joints reduces adaptability, it offers hugely valuable cost/time advantages.... so much so that one person can fabricate and assemble an entire click-raft in one day.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

CLICK-RAFT video's

I have just uploaded a series of video's, which you can view by clicking on the youtube images to the right. Some of these were taken in 2010 at the FabLab in Groningen, the Netherlands while producing 1:10 scale cnc laser cut and fabricated pieces with Jaap Dankert. Another of the youtube video's 'click-raft city:globe:octopus' is a clip taken from the project "The City, The Globe, and..." Scenario's of real growth for future cities, part 1.  filmed and produced by Pavlov Medialab - special thanks to Nathalie and Thuur, Gerard, Carla and Alex, Janet, Ringer and Mo.
Together, these video's provide some insight into the thinking behind click-raft, show how they are fabricated, and how incredibly quick and easy click-raft is to assemble.
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