Power Cube

Production Run Update

Greetings from Factor e Farm. Life has been busy around here. We’re in the middle of a production run, so we’re working pretty much round the clock. What’s cool is that as we’re building things, we’re finding all these things...

Greetings!

Hello everyone! Iā€™m Chris Fornof, the newest member of the awesomeness that is Open Source Ecology! We've been busy!

Open Source Power Cube – Prototype II

We have completed Prototype II of the Power Cube – a universal, self-contained hydraulic power source. This power unit contains hydraulic quick-connects so that any other mechanical power device may be connected. A single Power Cube I (18 hp) has...

LifeTrac Prototype II Test Drive

This is a rendering of Prototype II of the open source, design-for-disassembly tractor, LifeTrac. You can download the source in Blender format. This is the reality of the completed frame, with the wheels and wheel motors, minus the PowerCube engine unit....

PowerCube on LifeTrac

A universal mechanical power source is one of the key components of the Global Village Construction Set – the set of building blocks for creating resilient communities. The basic concept is that instead of using a dedicated engine on a particular...

Solar Village 2010

William and I have been hashing out the details of construction for the coming year. Our plan is at this wiki page and further details on techniques to be used are here. We are currently planning on a CEB-straw bale hybrid – a double CEB brick wall...

Dedicated Project Visits Continued

William Cleaver will be joining us at Factor e Farm on May 1 for a Dedicated Project Visit. He’s coming from across the big pond – from the United Kingdom – and we are planning for a 3 month stay. William is not a novice to creative...

MicroTrac Completed

MicroTrac is the craziest power tool that I’ve seen. A powered unicycle? Mobile replacement wheel for LifeTrac, the open source tractor? Universal power source? It’s perhaps best to call it a walk-behind tractor. See the development from the...

Power Cube – Prototype I Complete

Power Cube is our open source, self-contained, modular, interchangeable, hydraulic power unit for all kinds of power equipment. It has an 18 hp gasoline engine coupled to a hydraulic pump, and it will later be be powered by a flexible-fuel modern steam...