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Open source futures: necessary, desirable, and damned good fun.

Marcin Jakubowski has the right idea. He’s designing a ‘Global Village Construction Set’ - simple designs and instructions how to build the main things which make for a happy, productive, fulfilled, and sustainable life; to wit, tractors, bread ovens, saw mills, solar concentrators, generators, metal mills… designs across habitat, agriculture, industry, energy, materials, and transportation.

These are cheaper to build and cheaper to maintain than purchased versions, use local materials, require easily taught manufacturing skills to build, and they’re all free to use and improve upon.

Think of the potential in that! That. Is. Incredible! We can re-localise manufacturing, create cost-effective local productivity, create jobs and spread skills… building valuable wealth-creating industries… well, it is nothing short of sublime. It is, as they say, ‘distributive economics’.

Watch this:

  • Low-Cost - The cost of making or buying our machines are, on average, 8x cheaper than buying from an Industrial Manufacturer, including an average labor cost of hour for a GVCS fabricator.
  • High Performance - Performance standards must match or exceed those of industrial counterparts for the GVCS to be viable.
  • Modular - Motors, parts, assemblies, and power units can interchange, where units can be grouped together to diversify the functionality that is achievable from a small set of units.
  • User-Serviceable - Design-for-disassembly allows the user to take apart, maintain, and fix tools readily without the need to rely on expensive repairmen.
  • DIY - (do-it-yourself) The user gains control of designing, producing, and modifying the GVCS tool set.
  • Industrial Efficiency - In order to provide a viable choice for a resilient lifestyle, the GVCS platform matches or exceeds productivity standards of industrial counterparts.
  • Closed Loop Manufacturing - Our platform allows for recycling metal into virgin feedstock for producing further GVCS technologies - thereby allowing for cradle-to-cradle manufacturing cycles
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