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 - using open source designs. 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 Future-Proof Products - 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 assumes private ownership. To emphasize the public interest aspect, we must first emphasize that the product designs and enterprise blueprints for all products is open source pursuant to principles of Distributive Enterprise. Product are developed collaboratively as OSE's Mission. Enterprise acceleration, R&D, startup training, and facility rental 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 making consumerism easier. The Open Source Microfactories are a motion in the other direction, where local production as in the Circular Economy is the priority.

The antidote to such power 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, for example meth labs in rural areas. This is OSE's formula for a historic transfer of wealth from the few to the many.