OSE Design for Fabrication
In order to achieve Distributed Market Substitution of major industries on a 10 year or under time-scale, OSE designs for fabrication in a way that optimizes repliability using both COTS and in-house fabricated components. This is part of our Social Production technology.
In practice, this means:
- Understand the production toolchain and workflow intimately. Design with careful consideration and understanding of the production tools, to optimize fabrication capacity to the design at the design stage.
- Steel is favored on grounds of cost and strength over aluminum unless light weight is of greater importance
- ZA Alloy is the material of choice for light-machinable parts
- Any design considers COTS part availability during the design phase, so that COTS parts can be used interchangeably with in-house produced parts. This allows easy replication for those who cannot produce parts in-house. Further, it's a good idea to use COTS parts to avoid unnecessary machining. If it can be done with a COTS part, do it to favor access over point-performance at higher cost. When is it too expensive to build parts in house? Depends.
- Design with open source parametric software so modifications can be made readily
- Design for Product Ecosystems
- Design using Module Based Design and Construction Set Approach
- Design for swarm builds, so that builds can be achieved in rapid time