Opening Up Design – In-browser Software Taking Off

Michael J Clarke on SpokeCreator, the online Grasshopper!


Anyone who is interested in open-source design, fabrication and making in general will be well aware of the difficulties of making design accessible. Design software can often cost thousands of pounds which severely limits the target audience for anyone wishing to share or publish their work. There are programs out there that are free. Google SketchUp has been around for many years now and is continually updating but for anyone who uses more in-depth CAD software or parametric software SketchUp has its limitations. And if you do finally find a way of sharing your designs images can often be difficult to understand and particularly assembly process without detailed step by step guides or explanatory videos. This is why I want to share two new softwares, completely free that work within your internet browser: SketchFab and SpokeCreator.

Maison d’artiste (click to view in 3D)


Maison d'artiste


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Author: Arthur Mamou-Mani

Arthur Mamou-Mani AA dipl, ARB/RIBA FRSA – is a French architect, director of Mamou-Mani Architects, specialised in a new kind of digitally designed and fabricated architecture. He is a lecturer at the University of Westminster and owns a digital fabrication laboratory called the Fab.Pub which allows people to experiment with large 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. Arthur has been selected as one of the RIBAj's 2017 cohort of Rising Stars. He has won the Gold Prize at the American Architecture Prize for the Wooden Wave project installed at BuroHappold Engineering and since 2016, he is a fellow of the The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to founding Mamou-Mani in 2011, he worked with Atelier Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid Architects and Proctor and Matthews Architects.

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