Open Source Microfactory

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Open Source Microfactory

Summary: The Open Source Microfactory is a small enterprise in any city or village, somewhat like the General Store of yesterday - where lifetime design products are made from common, local materials. Those materials include recycled steel, aluminum, metals, plastics, organics, and ceramics. The Microfactory is an educational facility where individuals can learn and produce their own products, or they can buy them turnkey from the Microfactory. The Microfactory guarantees the OSE Lifetime Guarantee where products can be used for ever and are taken back by the Microfactory at the end of their useful life. Digital and trainable manufacturing equipment is used in the Microfactory - and it is powered by a global, collaborative effort of open source product development. As of 2019, no implementations of such microfactory yet exist anywhere in the world.


The above Ssumes private ownership. To emphasize the public interest aspect, training and space ental at the Microfactory could encourage more people to enter productive endeavors. This is as opposed to the service economy. Automation of store fronts or displacement via delivery such as Amazon are reducing certain service sector jobs, while tending to concentrate wealth further.

The antidote to such poower concentration is a massive transfer of productive endeavors to distributed production. In the OSE case, producers trained based on open source toolchains and designs - and as such would be required to contribute back in the same way. This would encourage underprivileged classes to grow their entrepreneurial spirits - such that a viable alternative could be created to meth labs as a common revenue stream. This is OSE's formula for a historic transfer of wealth from the few to the many.