HackSpace magazine

Flatpack Toaster

By Andrew Gregory. Posted

This project challenges how most products are made unrepairable by demonstrating how a toaster can be made repairable. It was Kasey Hou’s graduation project for her study at the University of Edinburgh. She started it with an investigation on E-waste. People should have the right to repair broken products, rather than having to dispose of them.


The DIY aspect of the project enhances the repair experience because people would feel more comfortable to repair the toaster if they learned to assemble it first. The chassis of the toaster is made of several CNC’d stainless steel plates. A mechanical timer, three heating elements, and a couple of wires were used to re-create the toasting mechanism.

For more information, head to their blog at: www.kaseyhou.com/#/repairable-flatpack-toaster/