Hello everyone. I’m Chris Fornof, the newest member of Factor e Farm.
Well, here was my first 4 days.
- Designed the conceptual plan of a CEB housing unit for 8 people.
- Fabbed tractor parts.
- Drilled holes in Lifetrac beams with annular cutters on a magnetic drill – a very useful device, and soon to be open-sourced.
- Learned to cut Rebar
- Planned out the month Calendar (on Google Calendar, likely public soon)
- Prototyped a Rebar Cutting machine.
- (Decreased cut time from 10 minutes to 10 seconds, 6000% improvement!)
- Sketched a design for a materials handling production line.
- Sketched CAD of Powercube III (will clean up later)
- Cutting frenzy!
I could rant on and on about how amazing this place is. How moving out here to work is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done. I could write about the epic-ness of everything that is happening here. The projects, the people, the contacts, the inspiration, the vision, the hope that of what this project represents. But you really have to see it for yourself.
This project is at a weird inflexion point, it’s reached critical mass and is now starting to just explode. So much is happening right now its hard to keep track of. TED really did give us that final jumpstart, everything around us is coming online.
We’re about to take off.
Seriously though, our True Fans are greatly appreciated. They are our champions. The people that truly help us build a better world. Through the power of Open Hardware, GVCS development is being carried out in, garages, basements, workshops, and fab labs across the country. From this little farm in the middle of nowhere, we’re coordinating research and prototyping projects across the country. For the price of scrap metal, we’ve built assembly lines, heavy machinery, workshops, and housing from scratch.
Orders for CEB Liberators and LifeTrac Tractors are piling up. There are talks of governments funding fab shop creation in villages half-way across the world. We’re having to fend off media so we can focus on getting some work done. New batches of talented engineers, architects, machinists, and designers are arriving every month. All armed with crazy skills and united in a vision to build a better world (and some fairly freaking awesome tools and buildings as well!)
Something mindblowing is going on down here. If you’re able to come, I’d highly recommend it..
So with that, I’ll go ahead and wrap, Time to get to WORK!
By this afternoon, we should have all the pieces cut, machined, torched, and printed. All nice and ready to assemble and weld for a production run of 3 LifeTrac tractors and 4 CEB presses, 1 Pulverizer, and 5 Power Cubes. The assembly line is coming online!
This is gonna be fun.
EDIT: This post was delayed a few days, much awesomeness has transpired since. Expect more updates soon!