No, this is NOT about 3D printed weapons (though we do study those too)
(French translation, kindly provided by Bernard Schoenacker, of this request)
Les objectifs du projet DiDIY (Digital DIY – bricolage numérique) sont, entre autres, de faire un état des lieu sur les points suivants:
Figure 1. The +Lab corner with 3D printing facilities.
In this post we want to report some reflections drawn from an experience of reinterpretation of products intended purpose which may help to look at the digital DIY devices in a different way, with the aim of fostering people creativity and product innovation.
The ICT2015- Innovate, Connect, Transform is a big event organised by the European Commission, together with the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. The purpose is to bring together over 4500 ICT enthusiasts in different working areas, which include research, politics, industry, start-ups, investors, academia.
Following the presentation on the same topic recently held at the free/Open Source Software in academia conference, where we presented both the general and legal issues related to Digital DIY, the DiDIY project will participate this week at the Maker Faire in Rome.
On October 1st I had an interview with David Bollier. Given his decade long work on the commons, as researcher and activist, author of books like Viral Spiral and in particular his work on Laws and the Commons, I thought that his perspective would be meaningful for our research in the DiDIY project. In particular for our work on rights and responsibilities, but also more in general to the various workpackages that make up the project.
I have always thought that repairing a broken product is better than throwing it away, even though quite a few products are designed in ways that don't help or directly encourage not to repair. In general, repairing is good for your personal wallet and good for the environment, right? Now that digital fabrication tools are spreading out like wildfire, it has become much easier to design and produce a spare part and repair your product. It gets even better as online communities share howtos and even design files. However several legal challenges may occur. Some examples.
A simple explanation of Digital Do-It-Yourself and its ethical problems