Microfactory is a clever concept from DaeKyung Ahn for cutting flat stock material (plastic, cardboard, paper, etc) with what seems to be a spindle, 4 servos, string and some type of controll device. It is really exciting to see a growing trend of products that bring manufacturing techineques to the home user. We hope it makes it to a comercial audience but until then take a look at the process info from the designer. via core77

MICROFACTORY is a project centered around designing domestic manufacturing machinery. The project allows people to make their own products at home easily as well as share their own designs. By focusing on concepts of open-source design and the principles of reusing materials around the home, Micro Factory looks to use design to develop new manufacturing methods, which benefit society as a whole.


The product MOW is a domestic manufacturing machine based on the concept MICROFACTORY, which can cut cardboard, polypropylene and thin solid wood up to 3mm


We use lots of product over our whole lifetime. Sometimes a product lasts long and sometimes it doesn’t. In other words, products around us always change. They are disposed for different reasons such as the product damage, dying, or just becoming useless. It is a problem that they easily die or break and then become waste. However in recent times, it is even more of a problem when the owner becomes easily bored with the product, rendering it useless and turning it to waste.

Obviously however not all objects are functionally essential, we can easily get bored with a product or buy the same product repeatedly. Why can’t the objects we use have the same value as our treasured items? Old pictures in a frame, my grandfather’s broken watch on my wardrobe. If I make a product by myself, can it be better? Maybe. By engaging in its manufacture I can understand the issues the product faces when it is broken and my wife would also like it, because I made it.

DIY is seen as a concept of sustainability because:
• It gives us an understanding of the value of the material and the efforts required to manufacture it,
• Adds an emotional value to the product • Makes it easy to repair the product, through the knowledge of manufacture
• Makes it possible to use and transform leftover or waste material
In current times, we are in the difficult situation of a global economic crisis and are encouraged to examine the issue of sustainability.
Now many people are finding alternative ways to reduce their budgets to maintain their current lifestyle. For this reason DIY can be important, as people are more willing to give it a chance and believe for it to be an answer.

In this context, I have a question, which is “What if we have a factory at home?” This is the inspiration of this project as a starting point.

text and images via ahn daekyung


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