What are downloadable designs?



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    Downloadable designs are allowing people a complete workshop the ability to design and manufacture a customized piece of furniture. The New Zealand company, Ponoko is set to go live later this year. Users will be able to digitally submit furniture designs and select materials on a central website before those designs are sent to a local Ponoko manufacturer to be constructed, eventually being shipped back to the users door step.

    It’s a great way to localize product manufacturing and cut down the distance and time (and carbon footprint) of everything that needs to get to you.

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    Downloadable designs are digital files containing do it yourself projects that can be downloaded. These designs include projects to make an upside-down table from a cardboard box (http://www.treehugger.com/absolut/) or an Ipod stand from a single piece of paper (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/09/downloadable-iphone-stand.php). The point is to eliminate the waste of a physical intermediary and create designs that utilize a single piece of material, whether it is a sheet of paper or a piece of wood.

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