This project combines digital fabrication technology & Indigenous boat building techniques to prototype an authentic 21st century qayaq Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 17, 2013.
About this project
Imagine... You enter a web site that guides you through measures your proportions, thumb to pointer finger, elbow to extended arm... The website sends your data to Alaska, where a kayak skeleton is 3D printed up and machined out customized to your measures. A few weeks latter you receive your very own one of a kind neo-traditional kayak. All the while supporting the Indigenous Peoples of Alaska with work and with protecting and spreading their culture. This could be our future, if you support us today. Please spread the word!
The qayaq is a technological innovation of Indigenous Peoples of the circumpolar. It has enabled human survival in some of the harshest conditions on the planet. As shown below, qayaqs are traditionally built using an anthropometric measurement system. They are individually tailored and this is the qualitative claim for authentic.
At the Qayaq Co-op, the person's measurements will be taken and a qayaq will be digitally manufactured to be anthropomorphically proportional to the person’s dimensions. Tailored for their body and their ability level this will be an personalized piece of equipment unlike what's currently available at outdoor recreational retail stores.
Phase 1 of the project will consist of developing a program which can produce a small-scale, biometric model made with a 3-D printer. This will allow us to refine the g code (the code used for digital fabrication in 3-D printers and computer numeric controlled machines) for the measurements to the digital fabrication. Those donating at the $250 level will receive a mini qayaq as an award. Phase I will cost $10,000. This will get us a 3D Printer, a student intern from ANSEP: Alaska Natives into Science and Engineering to aid in the development of the G-Code
When we have successfully executed biometric digital fabrication at the 3D printer scale, we will move to Phase II, full-size prototyping. Material selection will be key. A material scientist and digital fabrication expert will work side by side with master qayaq maker. We will document this process with video interview and time lapsed video and interviews to develop the documentary video and publish a book on the project as well. Phase II will cost $15,000.
If we are successful at raising our pledge we will update the page with stretch goals that are under wraps for now. We have over 10x our pledge in awards Please help us make our Pledge of $25,000 and get to these stretch goals on here ASAP!
Risks and challenges
The greatest risk that we are facing is that the traditional knowledge and use of the Qayaq is at the verge of being lost forever. By acting now we can preserve the traditional knowledge that has sustained the peoples of the arctic for ten thousand years. Aleuts were once known as masters of the sea and yet now we are strangers to the skin boats which transformed us into masters of the marine environments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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