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We know that open source has succeeded with tools for managing knowledge and creativity. And the same is starting to happen with hardware too. We're focusing on hardware because it is hardware that can change people's lives in such tangible material ways. If we can lower the barriers to farming, building, manufacturing, then we can unleash just massive amounts of human potential.
That's not only in the developing world. Our tools are being made for the American farmer, builder, entrepreneur, maker. We've seen lots of excitement from these people, who can now start a construction business, parts manufacturing, organic CSA or just selling power back to the grid. Our goal is a repository of published designs so clear, so complete, that a single burned DVD is effectively a civilization starter kit.
Originally posted by buddha
sorry this was posted about a year ago.
it is still great.
be I Still can not see the infomation to build them???
LifeTrac III Home | Research & Development | Build It | User's Manual | Community Feedback
First we made shirts
Then we had a photoshoot
$8000 fundraising goal laid out- the device will be donated to The South Central Farmers
and ordered materials for the first phase
along the way we learned to weld
and use shop tools
We welded a pressure tight hydraulic tank
As well as a gas tank and it's modular housing known as the powercube
We completed the powercube
Then the steel arrived for phase 2
we cut and drilled it
then assembled the frame and put on the loader arms
aligned and installed the bottom cylinders
then the top ones and the quick attach plate
custom wheel hubs
We put together wheel assemblies x4
Put in the hydraulics and wheels and started playing around with it
All but the cab complete
one day before leaving for college vimeo.com...
Daniel down low
The Tractor lifts its own weight
We cast 250lb concrete ballast for the back
A math teacher who helped along the way
A donated tow job sends the tractor to the South Central Farmers