CEB Press Genealogy

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  • Prototype 1- Manual Version - [1]
  • First machine built, with small hopper. Soon it was discovered that the manual labor of soil loading requires 16 people to feed the machine as fast as it could run. This could be simplified by tractor loading into a large hopper.
  • Prototype 2 - Automatic Version - [2]
  • Large hopper was added for tractor loading. Used a 10 gallon per minute solenoid valve with Arduino controller.
  • Large hopper, 30 gpm solenoid valve - produced 10 bricks per minute with LifeTrac 1 as power source. Rpller guides were used.
  • Prototype 4 - October 2012 Build, 4 days - [4]; November 23 2012 build, 2 days - [5]. These are the latest blueprints for the Prototype 4 machine - produced without CNC metal cutting.
  • Roller guides were replaced with cam followers
  • Prototype 5 - OSE Christmas Gift to the World 2012. These are the the latest blueprints for the Prototype 5 - same as Prototype 4 except produced with CNC metal cutting from 1/2" steel sheet.
  • This was first version that was redesigned for CNC metal cutting
  • New Controller - see Slade Log
  • Prototype 6 - Beddingfield Edition - See CEB Press 6 for the digital cutting files.
  • Machine switched from roller guides to guide shafts and bushings to simplify the guide rail of the machine
  • This is the most well documented machine. See the module-by-module build procedure, about 90% complete - see index of modules at - [6]

Current Work[edit]

Suggested improvements - see list of 20 points plus: disconnect drawer alignment from arms, and move alignment back into the frame, such that the frame becomes the absolute core around which everything is buikt., and the arms are just an add-on. Right now, the arms determine drawer alignment, and this should be relaxed for more rapid initial calibration.