[hackerspaces] RepLab - the Open Source Fab Lab

Marcin Jakubowski joseph.dolittle at gmail.com
Tue Nov 24 03:00:15 CET 2009


I would like to call out further for participation in
RepLab - The Open Source Fab Lab:


We are gathering interest from people interested in working on the open

fab lab components. Because many different hackerspaces have an interest in

of production - we're hoping to leverage this interest to develop the open

fab lab.

The list of tools needed is below. Please
get back to us specifically on what you can contribute. In particular:

(1), tell us the tool of interest to you;
(2), what specific technical developments you are willling to contribute to
the project - such as design, calculations, research, fabrication, testing,
documentation, web development, marketing, resource development, parts
sourcing assistance, etc.
(3), resources and infrastructure that you have available, and what gruops
you are involved with or that you can leverage for assistance
(4), suggestions on strategies and enterprise models that can be utilized in

(5), suggestions on tools missing, and how you're willing to contribute to
devloping them
(6), how much energy you can commit - do you 'have a job' or can you commit
significant time?

TOOL LIST - from FabLab - see <

1. Laser cutter - large DIY community exists for C02 lasers
2. ShopBot - RepTab is the Factor e Farm version
3. Precise router for milling circuits
4. Plasma cutter - power circuit is main point to opensource
5. Welder - power circuit is main point to opensource
6. Oscilloscope - can a computer oscilloscope cover most needs?

Beyond FabLab:

1. RepRap - fabrication streamlining and open business model needed
2. Mill
3. Drill
4. Lathe
5. Induction furnace - power electronics are main point to opensource
6. Ciruit fab - automated process including pick-and-place
7. Aluminum extrusion
8. Metal casting - of ingot from induction furnace, and other molds
9. Hot rolling
10. Cold rolling
11. Forging
12. Metal shear and hole punch for up to 1" steel
13. Wire drawing

These tools cover electronics, precision fabrication, heavy metal work, and
ability to make other tools for producing any technology known in advanced
civilization. Tools created from the above can even yield clean room
technology. The above is quite a limited set, but is sufficient to generate
other tools. The latter parts focus on serious industrial process, with a
bias towards building replicable, post-scarcity resilient communities with
capacity to bootstrap largerly from scrap steel.

Comments and refinements of problem statement are welcome.

marcin at replab.org

Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D.
Open Source Ecology
opensourceecology at gmail dot com
Skype: marcin_ose

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