About us

Learn a bit about who we are, what we do and what we believe in!

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For Customers

Who are you?

We are a small team of Dreamers, designers and makers based in Bollnäs, Sweden. Just because we are based in a small town doesn’t mean our dreams aren’t big. We believe in sharing design and making great products available to everyone, no matter where you are.

Where can I buy your products?

We are building a network of makers and sellers. We strive for our products to be made as close to you as possible. Click on ‘get quote’ on any product and find out the nearest manufacturer to you. If you don’t see any, then give us a email and we can help you find one. info@frontierdesign.se

Do you make these products?

All of our designs and products are designed and tested in our workshop at Frontier Design HQ  in Bollnäs, Sweden. However, we try and focus our time on supporting our Outpost makers and continually designing and developing new products for our design library. Apart from special runs of products we generally don’t sell direct to customers. This is where Outpost comes in.

What do you mean by local making?

It’s tricky to define, but in essence, as close to you as possible. Why should products be made thousands of miles away from you, then shipped to a warehouse waiting for you to buy it. That doesn’t quite sound right to us. We prefer a personal touch. No matter where you are, there are extremely skilled and hard working people with the right equipment to make our products. The goal for all of us should be to find them, and support them. And by doing so, support your local economy and give you the buyer, great products.

Are you anti-mass-production?

Perhaps. We just don’t believe in monopolies or centralised manufacturing. Products should be make as locally as possible by people who are skilled and use great materials. 

Do you guarantee quality products?

Yes, and no. All of our makers are vetted before they join the Outpost programme. They are then supplied with design files that allow them to make high quality products. Outpost makers are also supplied with a manufacturers guideline which the should follow as closely as possible. However, we don’t micro manage and any problems, faults etc, should be taken up directly with they Outpost manufacturer you have selected/purchased from.

What is a CNC Machine?

A CNC Machine can be simply described, an automated machine that controls tools via a computer. These automated machines process materials (in our case plywood) by cutting pieces through the use of a router. They follow a pre-coded programme instruction without a manual operator. If you own a piece of furniture, it most likely has seen a CNC machine at some point during its manufacturing process. It is an extremely common machine used for multiple purposes. It is and ideal way to idealise designs with high accuracy and repeatability. They are becoming extremely affordable allowing makers and small businesses.

What are your design files?

We supply not only great product design, but the cheat sheet to make them! All of our products are designed to be made using a CNC machine. If you want to more about what is included in our design files why not take a look at our product pages, or even download the free file and take a look under the bonnet. A large portion of our customer base are returning customers. We feel this is a sign that we are doing something right!

Why do you sell your design files privately?

This is an easy question to answer. The answer is, why not!? If you had access to a CNC whether it being your own or at a makers space, then we guess that you are the type of person that likes to make things! In that case we would be more than happy for those people to use our files to make great products. Perhaps they will become our next member to our Outpost programme!

Are your products eco-friendly?

We aim to have products made as locally to you as possible thus keeping shipping emissions as low as possible. All our products should be made with FSC Certified plywood (https://us.fsc.org/en-us/certification) ensuring that materials come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. We also aim to use as little fasteners (if any) as possible. Wood is good!

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For Makers

I am a maker (Have access to a CNC) and I want to make your products. How do I do this?

Great! Why don’t you hop on over to our Outpost section and see if you have what it takes to start making and selling our great products!

What is the Frontier Design Outpost programme?

The concept of the Outpost programme is a subscription based service that offers high quality CNC ready furniture files and a commercial licence for businesses/manufacturers to sell them. We take no commission on any product sold by a seller. The idea is to give small to medium sized furniture makers a selection of carefully designed and curated products but without the hassle of designing, prototyping and putting into pre-production. We are the short-cut!

 

By re-thinking the way in which furniture is manufactured and moved, eliminating time consuming shipping and storage of products. We wish to give people an alternate route to mass-produced low quality furniture. Instead we want, locally made, high quality hand built (with the help of machines), low-carbon and good value for money.

 

The current way of making only works for a few, let’s change it so it works for everyone!

 

Our model allows these businesses to remain as autonomous as possible and avoid becoming ‘middle-manned’, none the less keeping to our manufacturing guidelines which ensures high quality products.

 

Our Outpost subscription pricing is extremely competitive and has a selection of plans depending on what you wish to make and sell.

The Outpost programme is a product design source for makers from all over the world.

Who are you?

We are a small team of Dreamers, designers and makers based in Bollnäs, Sweden. Just because we are based in a small town doesn’t mean our dreams aren’t big. We believe in sharing design and making great products available to everyone, no matter where you are.

Do you take commission from sales?

No. And this has always been an important point for us. We feel that this way of working (commission) is outdated and not applicable for lots of business and makers. Our subscription service works in a way that sees makers make all of the profit from their sales. We know what it takes to make high quality products and these people are the real heroes. Our pricing for subscriptions is extremely competitive. And the recommended prices for our products ensure than businesses and consumers are treated fairly, profit for makers and affordability for consumers.

What are your design files?

 We supply not only great product design, but the cheat sheet to make them! All of our products are designed to be made using a CNC machine. If you want to more about what is included in our design files why not take a look at our product pages, or even download the free file and take a look under the bonnet. A large portion of our customer base are returning customers. We feel this is a sign that we are doing something right!

Will I be able to make your products?

We have spent a great deal of development time making sure that every product is a simple to manufacture as possible. To help you understand what you get with each file, we highly recommend you download the free file in the download section of our website. And if you are interested in becoming an Outpost member that you make at least one product so you know what is expected to get from file to finished product.

What CAD Software do your use?

For both our CAD and CAM we use Fusion360. We highly recommend this for all our Outpost members as it is a great tool and is becoming the industry standard. However the .dxf files that come with our furniture files can be used with multiple platforms.

Why do you sell your design files privately?

This is an easy question to answer. The answer is, why not!? If you had access to a CNC whether it being your own or at a makers space, then we guess that you are the type of person that likes to make things! In that case we would be more than happy for those people to use our files to make great products. Perhaps they will become our next member to our Outpost programme!

Are you worried about people copying your designs?

Of course, however in such a diverse and creative world there is no such thing as a truly unique idea or product. We make sure all customers who purchase design files for private use are made aware of our conditions for making. We also advise consumers to purchase from businesses that display our Frontier Design Outpost logo. These are ‘official’ sellers who are part of the Outpost community.

 

But to be honest, our prices for commercial subscription is extremely competitive, so it is really just easier to work with us and be part of a growing! 

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