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.
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.
Dae Kyung Ahn