……is a physical device that can give “people everywhere the ability to be more self-sustaining and self-reliant in four key areas: food, water, nutrition and medicine.”
Health Ranger to release open source 3D printer files for upcoming invention with early 2015 release date
What’s so extraordinary about this invention is that it requires no electricity and no complex moving parts (no pumps, no circuit boards, no gears, etc.). That means it’s 100% EMP-proof, power grid failure proof and even radiation proof.
Build Your Own Micro-Factory (It’s Cheaper Than You Think)
At the root of Gershenfeld’s course is a list of machines. These are not exotic, multi-million dollar machines, although you can certainly spend a pretty penny on the top end models in each category. Rather, these devices, with the possible exception of the 3d printer are all fairly well known quantities. Gershenfeld’s Fabrication Laboratory (Fab-Lab, for short), networks these various machines and makes them work together. He does that in a space about the size of a two-car garage.
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Can local manufacturing compete with automobile mass production? It seems that yes, it can. The technology will improve as time goes on and you can’t beat the price…
3-D Printed Car: NY Daily News Autos gets a ride in the Local Motors “Strati” 3-D printed roadster
The world’s first 3-D printed car is now a reality, and the Daily News Autos got to ride in the car of the future on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. Engineered and built by Phoenix-based Local Motors, the 2-passenger roadster, called the “Strati,” can be printed in 44 hours and has a top speed of approximately 50 mph.
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“This is about simplification and streamlining,” explains Jay Rogers, co-founder and CEO of Local Motors. Rogers was present to give us a tour of the Strati and explain, exactly, 3-D printing tech brings to the automotive world. “All this material you’re looking at,” he says, pointing to the car, “is about $3,500 dollars.”
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Granted, it’s not pretty, but the prototypes ridged edges can be smoothed over with human-powered grinding and sanding. Paint can also be applied to the body-work, though this negates the Strati’s near 100-percent recyclability.
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