Global Village Construction Set

The Liberator – CEB Press Prototype IV – Design Complete

We’re pleased to announce design completion of Prototype IV of the Compressed Earth Brick (CEB) Press.  The machine has come a long way since Prototype I. The main changes since Prototype III – part of our Christmas Gift to the World of...

Factor e Farm Update: June to July

Hello everyone, sorry for the delay between blog posts lately. I’m Parker Bonnell, one of OSE’s newer staff members, working primarily with Marcin and Aaron on organizational development. The last month has been a busy one at the Factor E Farm. Our...

Call Out for Inverter Project

Hey all, Vann here. If you have a background in Power Electronics, and are interested in acting as a consultant, mentor, or remote developer of our Power Inverter project, please contact me at [email protected] We’re just starting and thus...

Project Progress and Scaling

. Global Village Construction Set development  is scaling. There are currently 9 projects under active development and 3 full time developers besides me – Aaron Makaruk, Brianna Kufa, and Yoonseo Kang, two of which are currently off-site. The active...

Open Source CNC Torch Table Shakedown

The open source CNC Torch Table is now working (download Torch Table CAD file here). We aim to start cutting tractor parts with it today. We tested it first with a marker on a dry-erase board for replicability. This shows that a toolpath can be re-produced...

Lasersaur Open Source Laser Cutter: First Fire

We are adopting the Lasersaur open source laser as our Laser Cutter platform. Lasersaur succeeded in its Kickstarter offering last year, and recently, they achieved first fire. Look at the amazing precision of the cut: We aim to collaborate on the open-sourcing...

4 Years of Factor e Farm

Factor e Farm, our land-based facility for Global Village Construction Set development, has now been alive for 4 years. We encountered the place as an empty soybean field abused by commercial agriculture. This video shows in 4 minutes what has happened...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Over the holidays, I got a chance to meet Juliet Schor (author of Plenitude) in New York City. Juliet teaches at Boston College, and she co-founded the Center for the New American Dream. She wrote about Factor e Farm in her recent book,...

Open Source Aluminum

I would like to report here on the most advanced component that we are developing within the context of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS): Aluminum Extraction from Clay.  Clay is aluminum silicate. Aluminum is the third most abundant element...

California

Dear Readers – as a result of the California Tour, the project is exploding with growth. I am back in California for the winter to regroup and reorganize. Until April 1, I am keeping the fire with collaborators at the Trout Gulch Forest Village in Aptos,...