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October 17, 2014
Aerospace, Sustainable agriculture, project development, and production
News - How far do you go down th…
about 4 years ago
Growing up on a ranch, everything was DIY. If it broke, you either packed it up in the back of the truck (if possible) and drove into town to get it fixed, shooting your entire day, or you fixed it in place. Needless to say, DIY had some major advantages, particularly if your neighbor had some skills that augmented your own. Sharing and teaching was a key part, and I feel the maker movement filled this same void for urban areas.
Like dksmall, I find it easier to put my car in the shop rather than tinker, but this is a combination of available funds, I am closer to town, getting older with all that that entails, and the way newer vehicles are designed. In a pinch, I still work on my own vehicles, especially in emergencies. It generally takes AAA an hour and a half to respond to anything out here, and in that amount of time, I can bandaid fix almost anything enough to limp home.
One DIY area that has been neglected until recently is the areas of food production. At this point, our garden has produced a ton and a half of food using simple techniques that will translate well to other worlds. We are developing the breeds and methods to produce the food and recipes to feed the next generation in space, and eating well while we are at it. This year was the baseline, and we expect production to increase next year.
Finally, we got tired of going to an SCA event (Society for Creative Anachronism http://www.sca.org/) camping in an "earth pimple" modern tent. Not only was it visually jarring, but the little WalMart specials do not work well in the wind and feel like a pillow being fluffed in strong breezes. Campaign tents and pavilions are expensive, and the spousal unit wanted a viking A-frame, but you can't stand anywhere but the middle strip, so TVLH was born.
TVLH is the Tiny Viking LongHouse, an Open Source Hardware project, is a 10ft x 10ft structure that resembles a miniature 12th century viking longhouse. It assembles in under an hour out of portable modules that fit in the back of a compact pickup. The proof of concept worked perfectly in a week long event with 50mph gusts. Version 1.0 will be lighter, cheaper, and easier to assemble for one person. It will be published at issyroo.org
The answer to your question of how far down the DIY rabbit hole do we go is as far as we like and as far as we need to. :) This glib answer is actually the correct one... it will vary for everyone, but we do what we like, what we feel the need for, and learn what we need to know along the way.
News - Enginursday: OSHWA Update
about 5 years ago
Congratulations (belatedly) on being elected to the board! We are looking forward to many new and exciting developments.
Just to make sure folks are not reinventing the wheel, talk to the folks over at Mach30 (mach30.org) regarding their work with FreeCAD, CadQuerry, Open Design Engine, and MTK/Sage/Python/LaTeX integration. Even if Mach30's path is not the one you wish to go down, there are many lessons learned, available for the low, low price of a conversation, which can save OSHWA time and resources.
News - SparkFun's Rapid Prototyp…
about 5 years ago
Love the work you have done, and I will be replicating much of it. What would help those who come behind you is a proper BOM (Bill of Materials) listing the make, model, and sources of things like your parts bins and shelves (did you buy extra shelves for the parts rack, or did you cannibalize a few shelves?) Thanks in advance!
A couple of pointers: Keep tasks together to prevent uprooting equipment. Move the work, but only when switching major tasks. When multiple projects converge (when don't they?) I have packed projects up in a box when it it time to work on the next one. This DOES NOT WORK! If you have the workspace, dedicate a work surface to a project when possible. These tips will help keep the mental inertia moving, while keeping it somewhat together.
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