Innovation & Technology: rev–>table by Supermechanical

American, technology company Supermechanical has created a piece of furniture with a digital design file embedded into its surface, enabling its parts to be modified or replaced through the simple scan of a smartphone.

Crafted from durable materials, including solid oak, steel and aluminum, rev–>table contains the CAD file Drawing Exchange Format that can be accessed without the Internet.  When a component breaks, or the owner simply fancies a change, they can scan this code to retrieve the file and create replacement parts, blurring the role of the customer and the manufacturer.

In an age of cheap production and easy disposability, rev–>table appears to focus more on the longevity and sustainable possibilities of a product way beyond the workshop or factory.

See our recent reports on the community project Wikihouse – an open-source application that enables anyone to download, construct and customize their own building in 24 hours, and Inside Out furniture by Minale-Maeda – a concept for interior furniture, that can be downloaded, printed in 3D and assembled by anyone, anywhere.

These innovative projects give us some insight into the future of design and production, where users will be given creative control to adapt, manipulate, and re-design products to suit their personal requirements. – Samantha Fox

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