Factor e Farm visit

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On December 26th, I had the great opportunity to visit the Factor E Farm in the KC area. This farm is run by some amazing people with an amazing vision, a group of people unlike I have ever met. If you don't believe me, you should check it out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

Put simply, the goal of those at the Factor e Farm is to create a world class research center that works towards decentralizing technology so that it can be used by humans the world around. This would be accomplished through collaboration, mostly through the internet, with people from all over to design and implement engineering projects that are completely open-source and available to anyone to view, change and critique. This would in turn create an open-source society and economy where everyone enjoys a good quality of life while not having to pay expensive prices for products that have been copyrighted by individuals and corporations. Marcin, the lead of the farm, envisions a future where these technologies will allow for everyone to live a good life while still being considerate of the environment and our deep connection to it.

Now if this seems a little out there to you, you're absolutely right. The Factor e Farm is on the forefront of what could possibly be a revolution in society as well as in economics. The idea of decentralizing ALL technology and putting it in the hands of the average citizen is a complete 180 from how the United States economy currently works. This is exactly what draws me to this humble farm. As Buckminster Fuller once said, "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." That is exactly what is being done at the Factor e Farm, the building of a whole new model.

Currently, the Factor e Farm's first project, the Compressed Earth Block press, was a resounding success. This machine uses a 20 ton press and actuator-controlled hopper to create bricks that can be used in housing or other structures. This is one of the first engineering projects the Factor e Farm has accomplished. Similarly, I will be doing my senior engineering capstone project over this CEB press. This project will include a thorough finite element analysis as well constructing and testing our model. The goal is to create a CEB press that can be used by the Factor e Farm, as well as advance the research that is being done at the Factor e Farm. I will make frequent updates on my progress here, as well as at the Factor e Farm blog.

Please see the video below for a demonstration of the farm's CEB press.


First Post!

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Just wanted to welcome everyone to my blog. This is the first post, and won't have a whole lot in it. Tomorrow I'll post my first real info about my trip to the Factor E Farm in the KC area.