Xylem is a perfect example of how I think the future of industrial design may be, we live in times were the Internet and digital tools have allowed the collective creation, every time people will want to be more participate in the way they consume goods , so as designers our task will be to provide the tools that allow everyone to design their own products and experiences.
Xylem is a digital tool made by Federico Weber an industrial designer making a master of industrial design at the Politecnico of Milan, buy rx drugs without prescription that allow people to design their own family of furniture by using a very friendly interface in which the user can change different variables of the design by simply moving some control points and some sliders that affect the object dimensions, it also allow you to visualize your design in a 3D environment were you can change the color of your furniture , finally it provides the digital information to manufacture your design using digital fabrication tools.
Straight from the site
The aim of the xylem project was to investigate the possibilities of digital fabrication technologies and computational design methodologies. The xylem project is neither a table, a bench or a stool; it’s a family of objects which can be co-designed by the clients, using a custom built software, to best suit their needs and tastes.
The software, developed in Processing, is designed in order to allow the modification of the xylem’s shape by the users. In order to generate the table and ensure a safer use for users I’ve used three mathematical principles. The Convex Hull and the Voronoi Diagram are direct responsible for the table shape, while the physical simulator is used to guarantee a minimum border length of 15 cm.
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Do you think designers should be the only authors of designed products as is commonly conceived , or that designers should become providers of tools and let consumers become the designers of their own goods?