Extreme Manufacturing Coopetition
AKA Open Source Microfactory Challenge (Coopetition)
OSE is interested in collaborative innovation.
The OSE Extreme Manufacturing Coopetition is proposed as a way to provide a public build workshop followed by a contest - in 6 simulataneous events around the country. OSE Fellows organize these events.
- Event runs over a weekend starting Friday after school - 3-8 pm.
- First day involves a build of the small microfactory tools - 3D printer, laser cutter, CNC circuit mill, plastic grinder, and filament maker. Some or all of these can be built in a single day from well-defined kits. Finished machines will also be brought to the event.
- The second and third day are design-build sessions where contestants assemble working products - aerial drones, robotic arms, cameras, microscopes, cordless drills, or other products.
- Documenters post the information online in the form of instructionals and videos.
- Web guy makes a product website.
- Final product is a product that one can buy on a website. Design and code is all open source, so it serves as a public product development enterprise.
- Each event builds upon an existing product. Development session begins with assessing the needs for development, and the team competes to make these improvements.
- All parts are documented to allow even novices to participate.
- Prize is live-crowdfunded via a simple crowdfund button.
- On-demand prinable build book is part of the product.
- All teams are encouraged to share information to make their designs better.
- Key to success: decent quality products are made. Many different activities happen at the same time. Modules and building blocks are used. There is learning time for learning basic skills. It's a well-structured event. And prize is significant monetarily for winning team - aiming for $1k or more. Prize comes from participation fee.
- Good contest would be 3D printing filament - designing different 3D printing filament based on various compositions of scrap plastic.
- Amount of time it takes for printing to occur.
- Product must be selected so that it is significant, yet easy to build.
- This could include things like metal powders for metal 3D printing with sintering
- Good 1-2 day events can be based on scale prototyping of machines where everyone works together, or making body panels for certain machines like the MicroTrac or LifeTrac or Car.