Getting Involved 2019

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How does OSE development work? Dev team for remote Dev work, and OSE headquarters for most physical prototyping. We can also run workshops in remote locations, such as 3d printing, or house building - with the latter requiring significant logistics support.

Financial Support

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  • Choose Open Source Ecology at Amazon Prime.
  • Generosity - donations for Google, etc.
  • Add OSE nonprofit to various donations directories.


Visiting Factor e Farm

If you would like to visit, please consider attending one of our workshops or events on site. See also Visit Factor e Farm.

Start an OSE Club

See more about OSE Clubs

Start an OSE Labs Hackerspace in Your City

We are developing an open source franchise of hackerspaces focusing on the open source microfactory concept. Email us for more info.

Champion One of the 50 GVCS Technologies

Work on a bigger project rather than working on your own. Join our Dev Team, learn the OSE extreme development process, and create a Construction Set in FreeCAD for any of the 50 GVCS Machines. Right now we have project leads on 3 projects (3D Printer, Power Cube, Laser Cutter) - we need more leaders to steward the GVCS to completion.

Development Team

See OSE Developers page to join the Development Team. Learn the basic OSE extreme development method - and join us on an active project.

Immersion Workshops

Use the form below to request a workshop in your home community or to start an OSE Club in your school or university. OSE Wrorkshops fund OSE work, and OSE Clubs engage in OSE development in order to create new products which can be produced in OSE Workshops. Please fill out form:

For Educators: OSE Clubs + Professional Development Credit

Are you an educator or librarian and are you excited to join the global OSE development effort?

Gain Continuing Education Credits, build a 3D printer that you understand, start an OSE Club in your school, and join a global engineering effort of changemakers

Are you an educator? Build a 3D printer with us, earn professional development credit, start an OSE Club, and get involved in design that matters.

Inquire for more info at info at and continue reading below.

The idea which would move OSE development work forward is involving schools, libraries, and universities in 4 areas of design:

1. Scale model prototyping. All of our machines, such as CEB press or tractor - can be completely 3D printed as small models, and working, battery powered water pumps with cylinders/motors can run these just like the real machines would be run. But on 50 PSI water, not 2000 PSI hydraulic fluid. This would involve understanding mechanics, hydraulics, microcontrollers, coding, design, prototyping, etc. What is needed is the actual design of the small components and integration into real working models. Many components already exist - like - and many cool examples can be found online for education toys that lend themselves to 3D printing. For OSE purpose - it's a matter of building on 3D printing and the 50 GVCS machines to produce educational models. If we talk about social entrepreneurship - these scale models could be sold as educational kits- and as such is a way to involve entrepreneurship training with technology.

2. Real machines. Making working scale models would serve as effective prototyping of real machines as part of development work. But here we also have the opportunity to get into real industrial education. Having designed and built scale models - why not build the real thing based on the insights gained? This way we are connecting small scale 3D printing prototyping to real industrial machine builds. So we could collaborate on curriculum for industrial education based around the Global Village Construction Set, which would move the overall project forward and move closer to creating open source livelihoods. There is no question about the economic power of open design - but we need development work to get our machines to full product releases.

3. Product Ecology - The 3D printer is used to print parts for other machines - such as the larger Universal Axis that is used to build the CNC Torch Table. The CNC Torch Table makes parts for real machines. See . This means that our printer is part of an ecology that builds other machines or their parts - such as rubber tracks or wheels.

4. Common Products - 3D Printer can be used to build valuable, mundane products like cordless drills or vacuum cleaners - which become lifetime design if the user/builder can repair them. This can be done by combining 3D printinig with easy-to-source, off-the-shelf parts. That's a case for developing local circular economies. There are many common products that 3D printers can make - from brooms to electrical boxes - which can contribute to democratized production.

See the TED Talk - - and inspire educators with the 4 ideas above.

Public Lectures - College Tour and International Speaking Engagements

Would you like to invite the OSE Founder (please see his TED Talk) to your school, university, civic engagement, or other public event? We are open to public lectures or lecture to classes, and we can run a 3D printer build workshop on the same day. Lectures are a good way to generate interest to start OSE Clubs at schools and universities. Email info at opensourceecology dot org to organize a lecture.

Professional Development

Professional development involves a 2 or 3 day program and is geared to educators and librarians. The 2 day program involves a build of a 3D printer on Day 1 that the educator keeps for their school or library. The second day involves learning how to do 3D design to generate files for 3D printing, which qualifies the educator to get involved in OSE prototyping and design work.

The 3 day program is designed for educators who want to get involved in OSE development. We teach Collaborative Literacy - how to engage in a global, collaborative, parallel development process for the common good. As such, educators can get involved in a larger program on design that matters.

The ideal outcome of the 3 day immersion is staring an OSE Club. Clubs get ongoing support from OSE for ongoing development - and participation in quarterly incentive design challenges where the goal is to develop an economically significant product every quarter. As such, the OSE Club has an entrepreneurial component - towards bringing production back to the community level - by teaching about open source design and collaboratively-developed, free enterprise. 3 day training like this qualifies the educator to be a mentor/advisor of the OSE Club. The goal is have many venues worldwide that engage in rapid parallel development - a public engineering effort. Because we teach entry level skills, use readily accessible open source software tools, and develop part libraries that people can build upon - we can engage a large audience of nonspecialists in meaningful work.

For example - a cordless drill, aerial drone, different CNC machines, Raspberry Pi cell phone - as well as simple things such as 3D printed pens or 3D printed rubber mallet - these are all things that can be made with the open source microfactory 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC circuit mill.

The cost structure for the 2 day continuing professional education is $1400 2 days - and $2000 for the 3 day program. This would be per team of 2 educators to build a printer to keep with them. The 2 day program is more for professional education. The 3 day program is also professional education - but adds the dimension of meaningful involvement with OSE.

The promise of the teacher/advisor training would be to increase involvement with design that matters. We could offer other microfactory tools - see options at We would do ongoing development with quarterly product release schedules - which means that teachers are incentivized to do something much bigger than what they do in their own school - by becoming involved in important world work. We have the benefit of a construction set approach. For example, our Universal Axis is a robotics construction set - and can be scaled from rods that are 8 mm to 1" to 3". Imagine kids beginning to build heavy duty machining tools.

See more information at 2 Day Teacher Training Workshop

We are hiring!

We are hiring for part time and full time positions running our 3D printer Extreme Manufacturing build workshops. We are looking for people who can teach and who are technical. Check us out at one of our 3D printer builds or other workshops. If you want to join the team - attend one of our workshops, attend our Boot Camp, and then serve as an apprentice - an assistant in running future workshops. We teach you hands-on how to lead a build workshop - up to the point where you are comfortable leading the workshop yourself.

We teach you OSE techniques in depth in our 1 week OSE Boot Camp. For those who are interested in a deeper immersion into our development techniques or the opportunity to work with OSE full time - see the OSE Immersion Program.

Sign up for one of our workshops below, or email us at info at opensourceecology dot org for more info.

Do you want to do something extraordinary? Apply for the OSE Fellowship

In 2018, we have started our first ever immersion program. The OSE Fellows program is a one year, full time, merit-based Fellowship for doing something extraordinary while working with OSE. Find out more at OSE Immersion Program.

Basic Ways to Increase Your Involvement


  • Join Dev Team, with 10 hour per week requirement for 90 days. For those interested in contributing according to a work/learning plan.
  • Join as SMEs, for seasoned professionals with one hour per month requirement.



  • Donate Bitcoin
  • Donate Federal Reserve Notes
  • Corporate giving - various companies have programs where they are required to allocate a certain amount to charity
  • Personal tax deductions
  • Are you a grant writer? Donate your time to write grants on our behalf.

Developer/Collaborator Training

  • DPVs. 2 week- one month development visits for qualified individuals who submit a project plan. On-site time is 2 or 4 weeks, with prep time before coming on site. OSE Developer status is a prerequisite. This is how many OSE project take can be rolled out according to a detailed proposal.


  • T-Shirt
  • Sticker
  • Publications

Product (Coming)

See Open Source Everything Store

Publications, Software, Information Products

Typically via scalable, on-demand printing. In different languages. Some are downloadable for free, others you pay for an on-demand fulfillment

  • OSE Linux USB. Includes ceamera and CNC software.
  • OS Hardware Thesis - CM
  • CSK v0.01 Legacy of the First Decade
  • OBI Coffee Table Book
  • USB of videos
  • Amazon smile book buys of OSE Required Reading List. For students, or you can buy or print your own. For some with expired copyright, OSE does one-time setup of fulfillment.
  • Podcast - with Leaders of open source development. Exploring how to not create a world where "Why the future doesn't need us", and the centrality of the open source economy in that future. These are free, but the annual compilation of them is offered on a USB or a one-click download. Requirement - must be doing at least one part of their work that is essentially aligned with the open source economy, though not expecting that their work is completely aligned. It's about picking the best elements of all secular religions.

Software Projects List

Software Projects

Consulting, Speaking, and Events

Do you want us to run a workshop, presentation, or do a speaking engagement, or other in-person appearance? Featuring Marcin Jakubowski Catarina Mota on OSE/OBI, Tom Griffing - Power Cube, Shane Oberloier - CNC circuit mill.

  • Speaker, Workshop, or event Request Form
  • Consulting and design work - OSE and OBI at $100 per hour for any project related to manufacturing, mining, agriculture, forestry, construction, and energy topics. Any designs, content, or publications are put under an open source, Distributive Enterprise license.

Crowd Dev

  • Design Sprints- requires Design Sprint training. Both real and virtual events.
  • Real Design Sprint - 3 day event in major cities. Day 1 - build a 3d printer, fimament maker, circuit mill, and laser cutter. Day 2 - run machines and learn their toolchainss. Day 3 - use FreeCAD/KiCAD to design and prototype new machines + controllers in scale models from plastic and cardboard/balsa. Day 3 includes a collection of prototyping supplies that yields valuable scale prototypes such as robotic tractors and cars. We deploy the microfab army for collaborative scale prototyping.
  • Book Sprints - requires Book Sprint Training. Both real and virtual events.
  • Download 3D Printer Design Workbench and design a new printer iteration. Workbench even generates a BOM for you.
  • Download OBI Dev Kit and design your dream home. Or Aquaponic Greenhouse.
  • Come to our workshop to learn how to build the OBI Arch Kit models. Both House and Greenhouse.
  • Download OBI Design Workbench (coming in June) and do a Design Contest on HeroX. Winner entry is built.
  • Read the Book. From it, draw up a list of SMEs and reach out to them.
  • Download OSE Arc Kit and submit house ideas to OBI. Download OSE Linux, render Your Dream House ideas in SweetHome3D - and upload them to our library. Then you can vote for an annual winner, where we pick the top User Contribution and consider that house for a build.