SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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SOCIAL MANUFACTURING BAMBOO BIKES FOR AFRICA
Johannes Francois Oberholzer

Last modified: 2016-09-16

Abstract


Manufacturing methods constantly change to adapt to societal needs. However, there is a new method aimed towards value creation emerging. This method or manufacturing paradigm is described as social manufacturing, which combines manufacturing with open design platforms. This paper discusses a Bamboo Bikes for Africa case study where the open design process is used through an online community using social manufacturing techniques. The best design is chosen, manufactured and compared to benchmark process chains. This study proved that using crowd sourcing and co-creation, designs can be developed and improved to generate a significant amount of innovative designs.


Keywords


Resource efficiency, Process chain development, Bamboo Bicycles, Social manufacturing