There is a reason I build my own PCs from off the shelf parts and run the generic OEM Windows. A. I know I can find replacement parts. B. The OEM windows will work with a different motherboard if the original MB were to crap out.
A designer from the UK hopes to spark a ‘repair-ware’ craze that will inspire designers to build products we can actually fix ourselves.
By Ted Cox
March 24, 2011
Do you ever wish that products would last longer, and that they could be easily repaired when they break? So does Samuel Davies. Last week Treehugger linked to a sweet concept iron imagined by Davies, an industrial designer based in the UK. What makes his iron newsworthy? An accompanying diagram shows the iron with just 11 parts — each of them designed to be repairable by the owner.
Davies dubbed the project “Repair-ware” and he hopes the concept spreads to other household products.
“I developed Repair-ware as a response to society’s attitude of ‘throwawayism’,” wrote Davies in an email interview. “Consumers don’t think twice about throwing products away and buying a new one when they cease to function properly, and perhaps rightly so when these products need a level of technical expertise to diagnose a problem or even just to open them up!”
The iron is just a concept for now, designed for his graduation project from Sheffield Hallam University.
“It was a conceptual project asking whether this could be a possible solution. I think the solution is an ideal that we should work toward, but the reality is that there are many issues which would make implementing the concept quite difficult,” Davies wrote. “For example, passing safety standards would be much more difficult when inviting the user to expose internal components, although I have possible solutions to this in my design also.”
He picked an iron as his first project as that particular appliance carries a reputation for being difficult to repair on fix-it-yourself Web sites like fixya.com.