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An open-source tool that allows anyone to design and build their own furniture, as well as share these within an online community.
An open-source tool that allows anyone to design and build their own furniture, as well as share these within an online community.
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584 backers pledged $31,475 to help bring this project to life.

Pledge Rewards Delivered, SketchChair on tour!

It's been a very intense past few months but we're very happy to say that in addition to the Kickstarter series of miniatures, the custom miniatures, educator kits and full size chairs have all been delivered!  SketchChair has also been on the move and making appearances at a flurry of festivals and exhibitions:

We were very proud to present SketchChair at the World Maker Faire in New York!  Two days of non-stop excitement and great discussion.  It was a big pleasure to meet some of our Kickstarter backers and we made plenty of new friends as well - the response to the project was truly overwhelming!  A huge privilege and enormous amounts of fun - we can't wait to attend next year!

Whilst at Maker Faire NY, it was a pleasure to have the chance to share ideas and experiences with Bre Pettis, one of the founders of MakerBot.

Two weeks prior to New York, Tiago was able to stop by in Brighton for an impressive mini-maker faire - a treasure trove of exciting projects and creative minds, and a delight to attend.  A big thanks to Andrew Sleigh for inviting us to this!

Back at the end of August we had the good fortune to be invited by Innovation Lab to exhibit at NEXT Aarhus, a conference and exhibition touching on everything exciting that technology and design are bringing in the near future.  We got great feedback from the Danish public and conference attendees, and an interesting look into a very design-centric culture.  Thanks to Innovation Lab for putting on a fantastic event!

Now that the custom miniatures are safely with their owners, we'd also like to present the poster, which provides a look at some of these designs:

[ larger version here ]

All of these designs and more will be available to our collaborators in the design library, and will be openly available under creative commons licenses with the release of the public beta.  It's been great fun building up this collection and we can wait to see these designs out in the wild!

Development is in full swing and we are now up to the 11th iteration of the alpha, featuring much more intelligent packing of cutting patterns, a welcome screen and library page for selecting designs, as well as much more stability and design capability overall.  We are currently very focussed on the design library system and building the architecture for SketchChair's online component.  We're hoping to bring all these elements together into a very stable and usable beta, which we're aiming to make publicly available, and open-source, by the end of the year!

Many thanks to all our supporters for helping bringing this open-source system to life!


Greg and Tiago,

Diatom Studio.


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      Frankie Gray on May 18, 2012

      Hello Greg and Tiago - It's been about 7 months since your last update and I'd certainly appreciate an update on where things are at regarding development updates to the application itself and feedback from users. In other words, what's going on over at the Diatom Studio? :)