Global Village Construction Set

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[edit] Definition

The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that enables fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The name, GVCS, has been coined for the first time in 2008 - at a lecture at the University of Missouri, Columbia - see UM Presentation.

[edit] GVCS Machines

OSE is developing 50 machines of the Global Village Construction Set via module-based design. This means that we break machines down into modules, and each module can be developed in parallel with other modules. Examples are CEB Press or Tractor.

The exact list of GVCS machines has evolved over time and is still subject to change. For example, while the MicroHouse and the Car are not GVCS machines in a strict sense (but products created by GVCS machines), they are treated as GVCS machines for historical and business-oriented reasons.

Documentation is found at different places for different target groups:

The master reference for GVCS machines and names is the GoogleDoc https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkNG-lv1ELQvdGYycGFSMjYtODlZcFROcHZ2NjBwNEE&usp=drive_web#gid=3 as included in GVCS State of Completion.

As of 2015-01-30, the idea is to keep the wiki slightly unstructured and visualize the hierarchical structure of machines/modules in dozuki. This process is in progress.

Warning: As of 2015-01-30, all three data sources are different (different names or sets).

[edit] Media

[edit] Key Features

See summary at OSE Specifications for Product Design.
  • Open Source - we freely publish our 3d designs, schematics, instructional videos, budgets, and product manuals on our open source wiki and we harness open collaboration with technical contributors.
  • Low-Cost - The cost of making or buying our machines is, on average, 8x cheaper than buying from an Industrial Manufacturer, including an average labor cost of hour for a GVCS fabricator.
  • 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.
  • Closed Loop Manufacturing - Metal is an essential component of advanced civilization, and our platform allows for recycling metal into virgin feedstock for producing further GVCS technologies - thereby allowing for cradle-to-cradle manufacturing cycles
  • High Performance - Performance standards must match or exceed those of industrial counterparts for the GVCS to be viable.
  • Flexible Fabrication - It has been demonstrated that the flexible use of generalized machinery in appropriate-scale production is a viable alternative to centralized production.
  • Distributive Economics - We encourage the replication of enterprises that derive from the GVCS platform as a route to truly free enterprise - along the ideals of Jeffersonian democracy.
  • Industrial Efficiency - In order to provide a viable choice for a resilient lifestyle, the GVCS platform matches or exceeds productivity standards of industrial counterparts.
The Global Village Construction Set


[edit] List of GVCS machines

Warning: As of 2015-01-30, all three data sources are different (different names or sets). Also, the following list is not up-to-date.


The Global Village Construction Set
Habitat CEB Press Cement Mixer Sawmill Bulldozer Backhoe
Agriculture Tractor Seeder Hay Rake Well-Drilling Rig
Microtractor Soil Pulverizer Spader Hay Cutter Trencher
Bakery Oven Dairy Milker Microcombine Baler
Industry Multimachine Ironworker Laser Cutter Welder Plasma Cutter
CNC Torch Table Metal Roller Rod and Wire Mill Press Forge Universal Rotor
3D Printer 3D Scanner CNC Circuit Mill Industrial Robot Chipper Hammermill
Drill Press Induction Furnace
Energy Power Cube Gasifier Burner Solar Concentrator Electric Motor Generator Hydraulic Motor
Steam Engine Heat Exchanger Wind Turbine Pelletizer Universal Power Supply
Nickel-Iron Battery
Materials Aluminum Extractor Bioplastic Extruder
Transportation Car Truck

Imprimante 3D Scanner 3D Extracteur d'Aluminum Pelleteuse Four à Pain Presse à balles de paille Extrudeuse à bioplastiques Bulldozer Voiture Presse BTC Betonnière Broyeur à marteaux Imprimante de circuits électroniques Table de découpe numérique Trayeuse Perçeuse à colonne Moteur électrique Gazogène Faucheuse Râteau à foin Moteur hydraulique Fourneau à induction Bras robotisé Poinçonneuse Découpeur Laser Laminoir à plaques Microcombine Microtracteur Multimachine Batterie Ni-Fe Machine à granulés Torche plasma Power Cube Presse hydraulique Laminoir à barres et fils de fer Pulvérisateur de terre Scierie Semoir Concentrateur solaire Roto-bêche Moteur à vapeur Echangeur de chaleur Tracteur Fraiseuse de tranchée Camion Alimentation électrique universelle Rotor universel Poste de soudure à l'arc Plateforme de forage de puits Eolienne

Key Design Planning Prototype Almost done Full Release


[edit] Resolve naming inconsistencies

(for simplicity, I put this section on the page itself. please move it to the talk page if you think that's more appropriate) Nathanael Wettstein (talk) 00:50, 31 January 2015 (CET)

TODO: Replace this section with "machine naming conventions" as soon as they exist.

[edit] General points

  • We need consistent names for the machines over all databases and communication channels.
  • Proposal: Introduce a fixed numbers for each machine (e.g. "GVCS Machine #001: CEB Press") which allows identification when the name changes. This seems to happen a lot during development (e.g. LifeTrac, The Liberator).

[edit] Details (UPPERCASE is name from GoogleDocs, MixedCase from OSE website)

  • IRONWORKER vs. Ironworker Machine
  • CNC TORCH TABLE vs. CNC Torch/Router Table
  • SOIL PULVERIZER vs.Rototiller and Soil Pulverizer
  • SOLAR CONCENTRATOR vs. Linear Solar Concentrator
  • WIND TURBINE vs. 50 kW Wind Turbine -- Proposal: Do not put technical specs into machine names
  • ALUMINUM EXTRACTOR vs. Aluminium Extractor from Clay
  • CHIPPER + HAMMERMILL vs. Chipper/Hammermill
  • ELECTRIC MOTOR + GENERATOR vs. Electric Motor/Generator
  • NICKEL IRON BATTERIES is consistent, but why a plural? -- Proposal: Use singular everywhere
  • Why do some machines have "Open Source" or "machine" in their names? Aren't all machines supposed to be open source? Can we just strip that?
  • The reference document should use MixedCase to make the correct spelling visible (e.g. MicroHouse). Who can edit that document? May I?

@Marcin: How to resolve these inconsistencies?

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