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Possible source for new questions

A good source of questions could be the comments on these pages:

See also the dynamic links.

The important parts are manufactured in China

Let's address this comment found at

Their system is great...until you realize it requires access to commercially available parts.
The systems great, until you can't run down and get the Chinese manufactured pistons and other parts they are using. 
It's a interesting concept. Modular tools using the same power source.
The problem comes when you realize that while they manufacture the frames themselves...unskilled labor at it's finest,
your millage may vary, when it comes to large scale breakage...
All of the parts that actually make the things GO, are purchased parts. Mostly from china.

--Elifarley 15:31, 7 January 2011 (PST)

This is an important thing to address. Why build the machines for the GVCS before the Fab Lab? (Why Level 1 of the GVCS before Level 2?) Is it to support the Factor e "dogfooding" process? Is it because OSE starting with very little and working outward, building progressively more complex items as the support for that complexity becomes available? How does the plan to move to deeper levels of the GVCS, in which components will be manufactured on a small scale, fit in with the Proposal 2012 being put together right now?

15:57, 9 January 2011 (PST)


I decided to bite the bullet and combine some FAQs together. It makes things a lot more crowded, but I think it is unproductive to have several different FAQ pages.

Also, I think we need to shorten up some of those questions.

Another question

To me, this is an important question to answer: "I can't make machines and parts on my own - I don't have the time, energy, tools and space for the tools to make them - but will I be able to buy the machines from you and parts from you when I'll need to change/repair anything? Do you plan to open a shop in my remote town (paying 30$ for shipping a 3$ component from a long distance is not cheap)" Gonzo 06:25, 5 November 2011 (CET)


"Do your CNC, 3D Scanner, and 3D printer set rely on an OS and data storage medium of some sort, and if so, how are these reproducible within the scope of the 50 technologies?" --IanK 17:16, 18 November 2011 (CET)