An Outsider’s Visit

Well it’s taken me a while to get around to this, but here it goes. On December 26th, I had the great opportunity to finally visit the Factor E Farm. I had heard great things from my friend Richard, and knew right away that it was something I wanted to see for myself. The farm is run by some amazing people with an equally amazing vision, a group of people unlike I have ever met. If you don’t believe me, you should check it out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

What amazed me the most was the amount that had been accomplished in so little time. The farm had good, sturdy shelters that got the job done, and much better accommodations for the price then what I was currently living in. Just setting foot into the rooms of Ronny and Marcin made me quickly realize how my current living conditions were completely out of touch with the concepts of sustainability. Needless to say, it was an eye opening and possibly life-changing experience.

During my visit, Marcin introduced me to the CEB project as well as his idea for an open-source society. As a senior mechanical engineering student, I found both the concept of trying to simplify the production process as well as making it open-source extremely fascinating. Right away, I knew Marcin was onto something revolutionary, something that could quite possibly change society as a whole. For this reason, I offered to do my senior engineering capstone project on the CEB press. I have been in talks with my capstone professor and mentor, Dr. Yuyi Lin, on the feasibility of doing this project. As of now, things look very promising with some minor details to be ironed out in the coming weeks. Throughout the duration of the project, I will try and make regular updates on the progress of the project here on this blog as well as on my personal blog. My goal is do as much as I can for the advancement of the CEB press, and maybe gain some converts to this new ideology in the process!

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