Tools for Trade Schools and Local Manufacturing in the Developing World
These projects revive of classic industrial-age techniques with innovations designed to make essential machine tools affordable to build with materials available throughout the developing world. Get involved in this open source project!
A re-discovered way to quickly make inexpensive but accurate machine tools for use in developing countries and in trade schools and shops everywhere. We made modern construction practical by replacing the original poured, non shrinking metal with cement grout.
The original Open Source Machine Tools project, the MultiMachine works as a metalworking lathe and milling machine. Like the Concrete Lathe, it can be built by artisans and mechanics using materials (like junked cars) available throughout the world. Designed to help spark village- and neighborhood-level manufacturing and equipment repair in the developing world.
The world needs power! This design (Project Genny, or Africa Power and Light) is the first to turn an automobile alternator (from any junked car) into a practical, human-powered electrical generator. By operating a foot-powered treadle, people can use the generator to charge cell phones, power LED lighting or to run other open source machine tools.
The Open Source Drill
A common problem for artisans and mechanics in the Developing World: how to drill through hard steel, for instance to attach steel plowpoints to a wooden plow, without an expensive industrial-strength drill. This new tool (based on an old idea) uses pressure and slow rotation to cut into hard metal. And, it can be built with wood and other materials available almost everywhere.
Universal Hub (The “Miracle Machine”)
We’re not sure what else to say about this, but it’s revolutionary: the “Miracle Machine” attaches wooden parts to a steel shaft. Vital for working with agricultural equipment and for improvising tools.