Shapeways, The Community

Building a toaster

Thomas Thwaites is attempting to build a toaster. “I’m trying to build a toaster, from scratch – beginning by mining the
raw materials and ending with a product that Argos sells for only
£3.99. A toaster.” 

I have no words on how completely awesome this is. Increasing complexity in technology divorces us from the things around us. Complexity means that we can not understand, repair and tinker with the everyday objects that surround us. A toaster is one of the simplest electronic devices we have but to reduce the entire supply and manufacturing chain to one single person is a huge feat.

You can see videos of Thomas finding iron ore and trying to smelt it using a leafblower and later a microwave here.

via Kottke.

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