David K. Grieshammer | OpenSource Jewellery
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OpenSource Jewellery


Flanked by rapid manufacturing technologies such as 3D scanning and 3D printing and influenced by the collaboration and exchange habits of the Internet, a hybrid culture between outsourcing and occupancy is emerging, that changes the realms of design. What could be the designer’s role when shapes and forms are exchanged via internet, altered and produced in decentral units as it happens to the media industry right now?


What are the conceptual demands when objects are free to change and witch products are qualified for professional design in this mode?

To support my theoretical process I developed different prototypes, including Open Jewls. Open Jewls is a open source Product design software I wrote in Processing & Java, utilizing the Hemesh-Library & ControlP5, that exports ready-to-manufacture .stl-files for 3D-Printing.


On the one hand Open Jewls provides an environment for users to engage with the aesthetical form, the object-appearance. The crucial point and the potential of all open systems though is in the negotiation of an intended usecase and the exploitation beyond these realms of the intended objective by others, providing emergent environments that neither designers nor users could generate on their own.

User generated content manifested and formalized by free software