MaykuÂ | FormBox
Founded by designerÂ and inventor Benjamin Redford and designer and digital strategist Alex Smilansky,Â Mayku is a small start-up with a huge mission: a complete democratic overhaul of the industrial supplyÂ chain. To spark the revolution, the pair has created the FormBox, a vacuum-powered desktop machineÂ that allows the mass production of 3D plastic shapes.
The FormBox can be used to create moulds of almost any object, producing replicas of everything fromÂ bookends to bananas. These can be used either as the finished product, or filled with setting material â€“Â whether thatâ€™s cement, resin, chocolate or jelly â€“ to create solid forms. Thus far, FormBox has been usedÂ to make light housings, plant pots, clocks, personalised confectionery, vases, speakers and more.
Maykuâ€™s invention brings the kind of equipment previously only available to large-scale industry withinÂ the scope of the average home, allowing designers to create prototypes in seconds, small-businessÂ owners to set up production lines without outsourcing and curious dabblers to experiment inÂ manufacturing at vastly reduced cost.
Launching a Kickstarter campaign this month, the FormBox is accompanied by an online library ofÂ projects and instructions to give its users the inspiration they need to get started, and Mayku is in theÂ process of developing an international recycling scheme for the FormBoxâ€™s plastic sheets.
The company plans to add additional miniaturised making machines to its product line-up in the nearÂ future, including a rotational moulder, an injection moulder and a steel forger. In combination, these willÂ give anyone the capacity to create what is effectively a full industrial production line, affordably, and inÂ their own home.
MV Works has helped provide Mayku with the tools and guidance necessary to develop the initiative as aÂ viable commercial enterprise, bringing it from an ideological ambition to the cusp of reality.
Book your tickets here