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The Powercube is a modular engine unit that powers all mechanical machines in the Global Village Construction Set.
This tutorial demonstrates how to assemble the Powercube v7 once all components have been sourced and fabricated. To see the full Powercube v7 designs, go to www.opensourceecology.org/wiki/Powercube_7
Note: The current version as of June 2015 is Power Cube v15.6 as under Versions below.
The Power Cube is a modular, universal, self-contained power unit consisting of an engine coupled to a hydraulic pump, providing power from hydraulic fluid at high pressure through quick connect hoses. It is designed to function as a modular and interchangeable power supply for Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) technologies.
The Power Cube was designed in accordance with OSE Specifications for maximum utility. The Power Cube features...
- Modularity - String multiple power cubes together for increased hydraulic power.
- Flexibility - Quick Connect hoses and Quick Attach Plate enable extreme flexibility to place power wherever it is needed.
- Ease of Repair - All engine components are easily accessible and fast to replace/repair with off-the-shelf parts or locally produced equipment.
- Power Cube I - 18hp - built at Factor e Farm (FeF)
- Power Cube II - 18hp - built at FeF
- Power Cube III - 27hp - prototype built at FeF in 2011
- Power Cube IV - 27hp - 9 Built at FeF in 2011 Production Run; replicated by Andrew Spina and Charles Liptaak
- Power Cube V - Tom Griffing build, delivered to FeF. Plastic 5 gal tank
- Power Cube VI - Tom Griffing build, delivered to Zach Dwiel
- Power Cube VI - Tom Griffing build, delivered to FeF. Symmetric 7 gal tanks
- Power Cube VI - Tom Griffing build, in progress =- october 30
- Power Cube VII (Powercube 7) - Collaborative Production Run at FeF planned for first half of November
- Power Cube Diesel - Built at FeF & Texas, delivered to Blair Grocery (New Orleans)
- Power Cube 7s - FeF build, Structural Frame, 28 HP, symmetric tanks, Aug 2014
- Structural Power Cube vertical tanks- built in FeF & Texas, Structural Frame, Vertical Tanks, 28 HP, Sept 2014
- Power Cube VII - Tom Griffing build with relief valve, delivered to North Carolina State University, Jan 2015
- Power Cube v15.6 - This is a version with a structural tubing frame. 6 of these were built in the Power Cube Workshop 2015
- Power Cube v16.8 - This version is a complete re-design, using twin engines & pumps and commercial reservoir and pump mounts
- Power Cube v17.10
- Solar Power Cube v17.10 - Powered by a solar panel, driving a DC motor coupled to a hydraulic pump
The current iteration of the power cube is an off-the-shelf gasoline engine, but the design is intended to be as power source agnostic as possible so that the power production can be readily changed. There will likely be many variations on the power cube design, but all fitting inside a similar size profile so that one GVCS machine can readily swap out one Power Cube for another.
Video (Older Power Cube Designs)
- Introduction to the Power Cube Design (1 min 59 sec)
- Power Cube Complete (5 min 6 sec)
- Build Instructions (50 min 27 sec)
Currently, the Power Cube is on its sixth prototype. We are in need of CAD support to digitize the latest design. Those with relevant experience in (Sketchup, Solidworks, Inventor, etc...) are encouraged to Contact Us.
- Announcement blog post
- Advanced Powercube Construction Set (A construction set that allows for easy swapping of powercubes in a powercube array)
- Open Source Motor/Engine Construction Set (A construction set for if we ever make our own motors/engines from scratch)
- A Wikipedia Page on Powerpack (Drivetrain) I just recently found this, it seems like a similar philosophy, although it doesn't use hydraulics I think. Still interesting though.
- A Wikipedia Page on Power-Eggs Same as the powerpack but for aircraft.