SHARETOOL (2016)

GRADUATION PROJECT


WINNER OVAM ECODESIGN AWARDS FOR STUDENTS 2016



"HOW CAN THE USE EFFICIENCY OF ELECTRIC POWER TOOLS BE INCREASED, TO ACHIEVE A BETTER DURABILITY OF THESE PRODUCTS?"

"Power drills are used for 10 minutes during their lifetime." John Thackara (2005)

SHORT DESCRIPTION

SHARETOOL is a set of modular electric power tools, designed from the demands of the trending 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy. The demands are the result of observations at 'tool lending libraries'. A tool lending library is a physical place where members of the community have acces to a wide range of tools. 

Research shows that implementing tools in a 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy causes a huge increasement of their use efficiency. Because tools are functional products, in contrary to luxury products, the higher use efficiency won't result in an 'over-use' of these products. So the durability knows also a huge increasement. Beside that, sharing tools gives acces to quality tools for the non-professional user.


RELEVANCE

1. The P2P-economy is a rising trend. With an expected growth of 25% (Wintjens, 2013), the peer-to-peer economy has a huge growth potential. So it isn't a temporary trend and can/will become very influential in our society. It's influence is already visible in examples like Uber and Airbnb. 

2. The power tools of today aren't suitable in a P2P-economy. Professional tools are designed for masculine, professional users and to perform in rough conditions. Consumer tools have a much shorter life cycle and offer less to none possibilities for repair.


SOURCES

- Wintjens, R. (2013). Trend report; Un-locking the potential of business and societal innovation;. European Union: Business Innovation Observatory.

- Thackara, J. (2005). In the bubble; designing a complex world. London, England: The MIT Press.



Project duration:     Nine months


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RESULT


SHARETOOL is a set of modular electric power tools, designed from the demands of the trending 'peer-to-peer'- or sharing economy


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