One look at the velomobile and it’s easy to see how it could be the perfect way to express your true self, especially when it’s made from household items, scrap materials, off-the-shelf components, and even 3D printed parts. The real reason design lecturer Mark Richardson assembled the ”FAB Velo“ however, was to make a statement about product longevity.
Carried out at Monash University Art Design & Architecture in Melbourne, the project was part of an in-depth look at DIY personal transport, domestic-scale production, as well as reusability. Despite issue with supply chain consistency, and incompatible source materials, the team were able to create a modular construction kit thanks to 3D-printed couplings.
The overarching aim of the project was to prove that “product longevity” can be achieved through modularity, especially if components are designed up-front for multiple lives as opposed to one singular lifecycle.
Images: Mark Richardson