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  • Use cases - 5-6 use cases - just the 8 inch products
  • Build your chairs.
  • Filament maker kits coming February
  • Remove hyperlink from comparison
  • Next: second mockup with use cases - as long as you make sure you can print with it out
  • Costs
  • Put things up on thingiverse - for our products.
  • Figure out what most useful object could be
  • Direct from OSE - for targetted ads. People who already have interest in 3D printer.
  • Package for video production. Payment for video production. Promotion
  • Attend for free (Assist and Learn) - not fair for $800 people. For $800 - bring a friend. You would want attention. It can turn people off. (Chris: "It doesn't make sense to me")
  • (don't take a printer home)
  • Page for kit
  • FAQ
  • Image
  • Landing Page
  • FAQ - what you can produce
  • Use case for here's how much it costs - etc.
  • Video editing and the script writing. $500 for script by Chris. No more than $1500 for video. Then affiliate link from Sustainable Human.
  • 1 Pager for the kit


  • Simple Printer - Friday Design Sprint + Collaboration Architecture:
  • Part Library
  • Concept
  • Requirements
  • Calculations - cost
  • BOM - modified for simplicity
  • Design Guide - providing Options
  • CAD - full
  • CAM - STLs for printing
  • Manual
  • Embed 3D - Modelo, Sketchfab, etc, WebGL, etc.
  • Shipping

  • $49 - all digital assets only - digital assets kit
  • Venue selection procedure -
  • Hong Kong ticket
  • OSE Starter Kit - sticker, polo, obi webinars, Civ strter kit v0.01, Design Sprint Invite, OSE Linux Invite, part set for the 3D printer low cost edition, 3D Printer Build guide, Part Libraries, Seed Eco-Home Proto Kit, $199. FreeCAD and OSE Dev crash courses. Bonus: USB with key media. Super Bonus - Seed Eco-Home e-Book. Super Super Bonus - HeroX instructions and invitation. Roll of 3mm ABS OSE filament.
  • $499 - all of the above including full parts kit drop shipped
  • $699 - all of above plus Tested Kit
  • +1 hour of consulting time with Founder





Sun Apr 1, 2018


Financial Model

  • $10k tuition, sponsored. Part of sponsorship is mentorship from qualified mentors. OSE vets the mentors and funders.
  • Larger investment for a workshop facility beyond a garage operation.
  • Design for $3k/month starting revenue for partners
  • Collaborators are welcome to go off on their own as independent entrepreneurs, but we would like them to work together as they see a bigger picture.
  • We teach the bigger picture in the Culture Week.
  • We choose whom we would like to work with as entrepreneurs. So it is incentivized for added revenue. Those who want more ambition are encouraged to make improvements that keep the revenue streams expanding to other products of the $840B market share.


Priorities for immersion program - Immersion Program Video, technology, marketing, admin, curriculum. We teach people to run workshops. That in itself is a challenge - it requires:

  • Ability to source parts
  • produce prints for future workshops
  • Understand the technology in order to teach the design workbench in freecad
  • Ability to implement the basic development template for tracking a project, including burn down
  • We offer a 1-day MBA with future ability for continuing training on the entrepreneurship development track
  • Standard track is the open-source product development track
  • The successful graduating mustard us produce a small cluster of 2 or four 3D printers
  • The rapid prototyping capacity must be included with a circuit Mill and laser cutter and plastic recycler so that during any Extreme Design Sprint, we have a full infrastructure for Designing, prototyping, and producing. Are Hallmark is an integrated value creation process.
  • Cost of the program should be high to provide the serious commitment and resources necessary for success. All the money invested goes to improving the quality of the program and improving its infrastructure both physical, and learning environment.
  • We may need to differentiate between the open-source ecologist track and the open-source product development track. As best we are able to recruit open-source ecologists successfully. However that is a challenge based on our ability to Market our program successfully. One way to attain the marketing is to work with tech centers, skillsUSA, FIRST Robotics teachers and their high schools, public events at tech centers. And HeroX challenge for the cordless drill construction set.
  • Collaborate with Josh on creating immersion entrepreneurship training. This could be for entrepreneurs who hired doctors, or doctors themselves. The Common Ground is the indispensable Enterprise training that any individual must have.
  • The biggest value that osc proposes is its ethical brand. Part of that is the ecological, integrated, Systems thinking approach which values and eclectic Viewpoint as a key element of a solution for a broken and dysfunctional set of infrastructures that currently run civilization.
  • This can attract students based on ideology, however the ideology must be matched with pragmatism and a skill set, as well as the antifragility of a growth mindset.
  • As such the most valuable properties of our candidates are clearly the mindset, for learning, eclectic approach, and the ethics to sustain a good direction.
  • What are the realistic expectations of how many people we can attract to the immersion program? How do we create a clear exit strategy. How to create a clear innocentive strategy? Possibly go from 3 to $6,000 per month, as independent contractors.

Wed Mar 28, 2018 - Immersion Notes

  • D3D Future Work March 2018.
  • Tech dev. Required for release. Clear development schedule needs to be maintained.
  • In person interview is required.
  • July - DPV on site vets people - 2 week session. With 4 candidates on site to do builds. Candidates are those applying for immersion program. Test is for mindset. Mindset can be developed by experience.
  • Application has a cost associated with it as a first vetting. Requirement is joining Dev Team.
  • High cost of entry. Balanced with partial refundability for unsuccessful entry. Partial to cover costs incurred.
  • Goal of 6 full time effort by end of year. Join Dev Team. We build you a house in 2 years if you stay with us. Refinance your mortgage and free up your money. This is intended to drive cost of housing down in any city. Our goal is to master urban building in this case. We provide a complete lifestyle package of buying out at th bottom, esteem required.
  • Dev Template - Value Proposition. Cost comparison to ndustry standards. This is a key element for preventing defection. Clarity on the different points of improvement make it clear that a specific OSE development yields a a higher return. Indeed, each OSE Spec point should be quantified for the amount of added value, based on specific examples. Similar to what Dr. Pearce did for 'value of 3d printing.'
  • It is critical to refine the OSPD method to a higher level to make it a unique Value. That is a prerequisite for alignment, creation of University programs, creation of curricula, etc.
  • Alignment is one of the key issues that we need to resolve. Because we value freedom, we can provide only voluntary incentives, not compulsory ones. This is why writing the book is critical for alignment. We still need to get people.on the same page, because our culture is different from war.

Notes - Sep 14, 2017

  • Once we reach LAI, EPD, EPA, WebGL, CAM, 3DP, Circuit Mill, CNC ATC, CNC Torch, CEB, Tractor, Tiller, Mower, PElletizer, charcoal Maker, pellet burner, biogas compression, heavy duty CNC, oxyhydrogen, aquaponics, nursery, world history goals, CAE goals - we are ready for prime time education
Marketing must be there for design contests. Power Cube + solar power cube.
  • DOCS - Dev Tenplate, future work, burndown. Revenue model. Need a marketing plan for events and also to hire staff. Training program for builders.
  • Think stable business for any business area.
  • Think crypto currency for any marketable product, with possible exchange between currencies. D3D website.
  • Cordless tool construction set challenge. Battery pack. 3DP + individual rechargeable cells, can be nimh, nicad, or other. Simple wire connectors and tensioners against rubber 3D prints. Crowdsource the conceptualization part. Filament maker for recycling. Ecotool challenge. 100% recyclable in house. Such as copper wire, plastic, metal parts, belts.
  • Motor - laminations or magnetic pla. Winding jig. Operated by tool itself. Kitchen implements later, up to filament grinder.chewer.
  • Switch - includes a permanent on plus speed control.
  • Option - solar recharge dock.
  • Microfactory vision - plastic, ceramic kiln, clay production, solar, induction Furnace. 3000sf or 300 sm PV panels. Metal rolling, rod and bar mill, wire drawing.

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October 26-30, 2017

Factor e Farm Maysville, Missouri USA

Build Yourself. Build Your World.

The Open Source Ecology Eco-Tractor workshop is an immersion experience where we will build a working tractor - and more - over a weekend:

  • A Microtractor: A 32 hp, tracked machine that is similar in functionality to a Toro Dingo brand utility machine but is more powerful. Because our build system is modular, we will add a second power Cube to this tractor for a total of 32 hp for more demanding tasks.
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  • Tractor: A 64 hp tractor that consists of 2 of the Microtractor units combined together. As the first team works on the Microtractor, a second team will work on a wider version of the tractor for the second 32 hp half. The 64 hp combination tracor will feature articulated steering, where the tractor bends in the middle to turn. The 64 hp tractor will be designed with a quick attach such that either the larger tractor - or 2 of the smaller tractors - can be used as needed.
  • Solar Module: The beauty of hydraulic power which we use to drive the tractor is that a small power source can still move a heavy machine - only slower. Thus, a 2000 lb tractor can still move - and with as much force - on a single solar panel. As such, we will use a solar panel to run a small electric Power Cube - which then can run the tractor. This will be our proof of concept that a tractor can do useful operations on solar power - shining new light on the capacity of solar power to fuel agriculture. This leads to automation.
  • Automation Module: Another advantage of hydraulics is that they can be controlled easily via solenoid valves and controllers - in addition to manual control. As such, we will program a controller to drive the tractor autonomously. The first proof of concept will be the tractor driving autonomously in a simple pattern - using an Arduino controller. If time allows, we will implement an automated guidance system with feedback from the environment for avoiding obstacles.
  • If more than 18 people sign up for the workshop, then we will also build a:

  • Charcoal Power Module: Did you know that a gasoline engine can run on charcoal? We will be improving upon the last year's prototype to build a second iteration of a gasifier. The gasifier produces gas from charcoal to fuel the Microtractor. We will mount the gasifier on the tractor, and fuel the tractor with charcoal gas via the air intake. This will demonstrate that our tractor can run on biomass-derived charcoal, which is a renewable form of energy - relevant in areas where biomass is abundant.
  • Here is some prior work from 2 years ago. The largest machine that we built was 71 hp so far. We did not yet build the 164 hp machine discussed in the video: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Some of the specifications are:

  • Engine:Duromax 16 hp recoil start gasoline engines, 4 of them. These can be purchased for as little as $229 on Amazon - and have a built-in gas tank and muffler. They are widely available.
  • Hydraulic pump: 0.677 cubic inch displacement, 3000 PSI pumps
  • Fuel:Gasoline, charcoal, and solar energy
  • Solar Power:300W solar panel
  • MicroTrac Power: 16 or 32 hp on gasoline
  • Weight of MicroTrac: 2000 lb
  • Size of MicroTrac: 41" wide, 60" long, 34" tall
  • Hydraulic Motors: 45.6 cu in displacement, 15,000 in-lb motors
  • Machine pulling torque: 7000 lb of drive
  • Track: 9" wide, 36" ground contact distance
  • Idler shafts: 3" solid steel
  • Idler diameter: 10"
  • Controller:Arduino
  • Hydraulic Solenoids: 10 gallon per minute flow rate, 3000 PSI, 12V DC
  • Solar power voltage:24V.
  • Solar Power Cube: 5 hp hydraulic drive unit
  • Max Speed:3 Miles per hour.
  • Speed on solar power: MicroTrac will go 3 feet per minute, or about 1000 feet per day at 15,000 in lb of motor torque and 7000 lb pulling force
  • Horsepower of larger tractor: 64 hp
  • Height: 3' tall
  • Cost:~$2000 for complete system, gas bottles not included
  • IP:OSE License for Distributive Enterprise. Open source mechanical, open source height controller, 3D printed open source parts; CC-BY-SA-4.0 license, and GPL for control code.
  • The design focuses on minimizing part count and integrating the design with other machines of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). As such, we are using Nema 17 stepper motors and 6mm GT2 belt - the same as on our 3D printer. This pushes the limits of modularity and scalabilility - reducing overall GVCS parts count significantly.

    See one of the 5' axes being built -


    We will be using this type of carriage with metal plates to provide rigidity while allowing the use of 3D printed parts:

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    A Scalable, Modular Construction Set for Tractors

    Construction Set Design

    To create a Construction Set - we designed a small set of modules that can be reconfigured. The core parts include power cubes, the Universal Rotor, tracks, frames, and hydraulics modules. We are designing with the absolute simplicity in mind, such that machines can be maintained for a lifetime of use. Our parts count of about 100 unique parts for the entire tractor is lower than anything available on the market.

    Using this Universal Axis and taking advantage of the Construction Set approach, we have already built a number of these machines:

    <img src="tractor_3-300x206.png" alt="" width="300" height="206" class="size-medium wp-image-7717" /> Inforgraphic by Jean-Baptiste Vervaeck[/caption][caption id="attachment_8177" align="alignnone" width="300"]<img src="pc71-300x207.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="207" class="size-medium wp-image-8177" /> Power Cube infographic.[/caption]<img src="OSE-gasifier-2015-infographic-907x624pc-v1-6a-300x206.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="206" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-9049" /><img src="OSE-microtrac-2015-infographic-907x624px1-300x206.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="206" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-8986" />

    Lowest Unique Part Count in the World

    The beauty lies in an absolute minimum number of parts that can be used to build an infinite variety of heavy machines - depending on size, axis configuration, and implements heads. The unique part count is in general around only 100 parts, which is about 5 times less than anything available commercially.

    By making our machines simple and universal, we are aiming for the most widely replicated tractor construction set in the world. There are no constructio sets for tractors out there yet. To that end, we are inviting developers and entrepreneurs to join the <a href="">OSE Development Team</a>.

    This workshop intends build upon OSE's <a href="">Extreme Manufacturing</a> approach of rapid building with multiple teams working in parallel on modular components. By simplifying the design and streamlining the build with digitally-fabricated, open source parts - we intend to develop a model where several of our tractors can be produced in a single day by a team of people. Our goal is to develop open source microfactories for distributed production - using the Experience Economy and Social Production.

    We are also developing an open source enterprise model for how to run extreme build workshops anywhere in the world. We are publishing our enterprise model openly, with all supporting information that helps people in a successful startup - without reinventing the wheel. We will also be offering 6 week immersion training where strong candidates can learn to replicate our workshops to start a small business.

    Workshop Expectations This workshop is experimental, and not a turnkey product. We have significant experience with the topics covered, but surprises always come up in an experimental build. We have thorough CAD documentation of the machine. We have built 10 prototype tractors already. But surprises do come up in ambitious builds like ours. No matter what - we will build it - and we will drive it. Whether we complete the solar drive option, the charcoal fuel option (gasifier), and the computer vision - is up to us.


    While we have done extensive design work, and prototyped the different parts - this workshop is a first complete build. Expect to problem solve - and learn a lot in the process. This is an immersion learning experience in design and build. The worst case achievement scenario would be that we get the automated machine going in the xy plane - so we an cut steel with it, but we may not have the torch height controller installed, nor automatic gas turn-on so that the oxygen will have to be turned on manually for cutting metal. In the ideal scenario, we will implement fully automatic control, including height control, automatic gas turn-on, and automatic flame ignition. We will practice cutting on sample 1/4" and 1/2" thick steel.

    The first day covers use of FreeCAD, and explanation of the design rationale for the CNC torch including all its components, and why we made the choices that we did. We will teach participants the basics of FreeCAD - literacy in manipulating 3D objects as well as modifying their geometry. We will provide an introduction to KiCad for electronics design - of the CNC torch height controller. We will have 2-4 3D printers printing during the workshop to produce additional parts (cable chain + other parts). How far will we get to completion? It's up to us. The risk factors are system integration from proven parts.

    If you want an immersion lesson in FreeCAD, please make sure to download the <a href="">OSE Linux</a>, which can be run on your computer from a USB stick without interfering with your operating system. This Linux has the FreeCAD and other software that is necessary to work with the CNC torch table. If you use the OSE Linux, it will be guaranteed that there are no software issues getting in the way of your learning.

    While we do not require prior skill to join this workshop - the more skill that we have in the team of participants, the better will be the result. We expect people to work together as a team for a common goal, and we like it when participants teach one another new skills.

    For development work, we invite our participants to join our <a href="">development team</a>. During the workshop itself - expect to do some problem solving - as building a machine of high complexity typically has surprises.

    The intended audience for this workshop is hackers - people who want to get their hands dirty - who are interested in the design and build of hardware. The intended audience is anyone interested in exploring the meaning of Open Source Product Development. We've been pioneering techniques of collaborative development for several years.

    But be prepared - this is not for the faint-hearted. Our facility is raw and crude - a farm in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. By attending, you are helping us carry out our open source development mission.

    Bring a Friend for Free

    We also have a 2-for-1 offer . You are welcome to bring one friend or family member with you for free.

    Additional Information

    For more perspective on the Global Village Construction Set, see the <a href="" target="_blank">Global Village Construction Set</a>:

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    Open Source Product Development Invitation

    Workshop immersion involves concept and practice, and includes a crash course on Open Source Ecology. Participants become engaged in a part of OSE’s development process, where we produce open source blueprints for the infrastructures of civilization. Participants are introduced to basic principles of collaborative literacy - how the collaborative mindset can be used to solve wicked problems.

    This workshop is intended for people interested in immersion, hands-on skills training and practical results. We are especially seeking participants with an entrepreneurial mindset to expand open source production into the mainstream. We are exploring the potential of open source economics by determining the limits of social production: can distributed, collaborative, community supported manufacturing (CSM) be an alternative to centralized factories? The overall workshop is designed for people interested in transitioning from consumer to producer. We welcome both complete novices and those with experience. The critical part is willingness to learn.

    By joining this workshop, you have an opportunity to be part of a community interested in developing products collaboratively and open source, so that everyone can benefit. OSE's goal is to promote right livelihood using open source - and part of that is starting enterprises. We are promoting the concept of <a href="">distributive enterprise</a>.

    Have questions? Drop us an email: info at opensourceecology dot org


    <img src="Marcin-300x300.jpg" alt="Marcin" width="300" height="300" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-9502" />

    • Marcin Jakubowski (USA)- Marcin was trained as a fusion physicist. He left academia right after finishing his Ph.D. to start a farm - in Missouri - and founded Open Source Ecology. For the last 7 years, he has been working on the Global Village Construction Set - a set of enabling tools and machines for building regenerative infrastructures. Marcin is passionate about creating the Open Source Economy - a new operating system for Earth. See <a href="">Marcin's bio</a>.


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    CNC Torch Table Design
    • Basics of FreeCAD and KiCad. Viewing and modifying designs.
    • Basic working principles of a CNC Torch Table
    • How to build a CNC Torch Table
    • How to calibrate a CNC Torch Table
    • How to run software to control a Torch Table
    • How to create cutting files
    • Different types of metal cutting systems for a torch table
    • Applications of a CNC torch table
    Collaborative Literacy
    • Basic principles of Open Source Ecology
    • The concept of Open Source Product Development (OSPD)
    • The meaning of Distributive Enterprise
    • Basic collaboration principles of open source projects
    • How to engage in a collaborative documentation process
    • The concept of module-based design
    Distributive Enterprise
    • Business model for Distributive Enterprise
    • Extreme Manufacturing
    • 100x Efficiency Improvement via Open Source Closed-Loop Production
    • The meaning of Viral Replicability Criteria


    [header_fancy text="Schedule"] [segment id="schedule"]

    Note: schedule is being refined and may change slightly. The full program goes from 8 AM to 8 PM each day.

    Day 1:

    • 8 AM: OSE + Event Introduction
    • 9 AM: FreeCAD basics. KiCad basics.
    • 10-10:45 AM: - Practicing FreeCAD. Manipulating the CAD. Navigating in tree view. Redesigning components from sketches. Generating technical drawings. Printing out sample drilling patterns for steel plates. Generating a complete part list from FreeCAD.
    • 11-Noon - Extracting CNC cutting files from FreeCAD. G code generation. Cura controller. Wiring diagrams for the controller in Fritzing.
    • Lunch
    • 1 PM: Build beginning. Drilling, 3D printing. Building the XY Axes. Buildig the Z axis. Wiring of the controller. Building the torch height control system. Building the gas control system.
    • 6PM: Dinner
    • 7-8 PM: Review and Learning Discussion. Universal Axis Roadmap to heavy duty precision machining. OSE Developers. OSE revenue model. Q&A + discussion session.

    Day 2:

    • 8 AM: Morning check-in. How capacitive sensors work. How ultrasound sensors work.
    • 9-12 AM: Build continuation.
    • Lunch
    • 1-6: Afternoon Build Session. First cuts.
    • Dinner
    • 7-8 PM: Review and Closing Discussion

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    [header_fancy text="Registration"]

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    Early Bird Registration: $145. Bring a friend or family member for free.

    Early Bird Admission ends on September 30, 2017 at 7 PM CST USA time. The registration goes up to $165, but you can still bring a friend for free.

    Group Rate: Email us if you would like to bring a group.

    True Fans of OSE: As supporting members of OSE, <a href="">True Fans</a> who have been subscribed for 6 or more months receive a 25% discount on all of our workshops. Email us for details. You can <a href="">sign up as a True Fan</a> now to become eligible for the True Fans discount on future workshops.

    Sponsor another participant or Donate to OSE: We are a nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 status. You can make tax-deductible contributions to us. Sponsor $145 to fund attendance of someone who is on the waiting list for financial assistance by making a donation. We receive low-income assistance requests for all of our workshops.

    Logistics: Email us if you would like to bring a group. We will provide continental breakfast and dinner. Lunch is on your own. We have a barbecue grill and a kitchen available at HabLab, so feel free to bring ingredients. You will be responsible for your accommodations, and wild camping is available on site. If you would like to stay in the HabLab, our shared room dormitory, you may also do that.

    Payment Options: PayPal, Credit Card, Dwolla, Bitcoin, Check, Money Order, Wire Transfer, or Cash

    Registration for the choices above is found on Eventbrite, but Eventbrite accepts only PayPal or Credit Card. If you would like to pay by other means you can select that option at Eventbrite, but then you have to submit your payment independently of Eventbrite. We accept Dwolla, Bitcoin, Check, Money Order, or Cash. Your registration is complete upon receipt of payment. If you pay with Dwolla - Dwolla charges lower transaction costs than PayPal. If you are paying by Dwolla, register at Eventbrite and select the Dwolla option, then pay independently via Dwolla (Dwolla is not currently integrated into Eventbrite). Use Open Source Ecology or as the Dwolla recipient. Bitcoin is a decentralized payment system. You can pay via a bitcoin amount translated by the current bitcoin exchange rate on the day that you register. OSE’s Bitcoin Address is 166yC48RakrZdtsBj36vY9q29CpzknHbxY. If you are paying by check, please make checks payable to Open Source Ecology. Our mailing address is OSE, 909 SW Willow Rd, Maysville, MO 64469. For mailings, please write “CNC Torch Table” in the memo line on your check. For wire transfers, please email us at for further directions.

    Cancellation Policy If you need to cancel for any reason, we will be happy to (a) transfer you credit towards another workshop in the future; (b) substitute the name on your ticket and have a friend take your place.

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