Is this a good idea or just silly?
Designer Fraser Ross has created the DIY pen, a laser cut, flat packed pen, making over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design. The user punches the pieces out of the sheet, assembles them using the slots, and finishes it by using a hair dryer to shrink the heat-shrink tubing around it.
To be honest, I’m conflicted about this project. My first reaction was positive but now I’m not sure about the point of this product. Should absolutely everything be laser cut and flat packed? This pen clearly uses far more materials than a traditionally manufactured pen and surely costs far more to produce. What is the advantage? But perhaps it is better to think of this and an idea, a conceptual project. But then what is the idea?
Keep reading past the jump for what the designer says about the project.
The DIY pen is for mass production, a flat packed object, investigating what forms can be created from flat sheet manufacturing and by the combination of two conflicting materials – Heat Shrink Rubber and Plywood.
Most pens bought, borrowed or stolen are disassembled to see what’s inside…
Could this continuous curiosity be conquered by starting with a pen already apart?
His focus appears to be on the fact that the pen is user-assembled. Admittedly, this would be a fun project to put together, but I’m not convinced about the assembled nature of the pen as a concept. The most essential parts, the tip and ink tube, are still manufactured normally. The pen is completely dependent on traditional manufacturing, and the user only assembles a shell.
What do you think? Is it a good idea or just silly? Tell us what you think in the comments section.