Design and prototype an open source, DIY rope making machine.
Evaluate its performance.
Dissemination of the device to local producers.
The rope making machine design will represent a method for village-scale rope making of standard polypropylene (PP) rope from waste PP pellets/shreds, 16mm in diameter as long lines (at least 150-200m) and 7mm in diameter as short-lines (5 meter each). The design will represent an easily replicable device, built with stock components and minimal use of custom parts (unless they can be digitally fabricated with a RepRap class 3-D printer or CNC mill –e.g. limit to what is found in most fab labs and avoid high energy processes and a skilled machinist). The designers should seek to minimize cost and complexity while keeping throughput high (continuous if possible). The base design for the extruder -first stage - can use the Pearce group recyclebot designs.
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Created the environment and planning for the project.
We have crated an invoice for Sponsor.
We have built an initial core team for this project. The project is open, in the future core team will de defined by pas contributions.
If you're new to the project see Onboarding document.
Money: This is a financially sponsored project, you'll get paid in proportion to your contributions.
Entrepreneurial opportunity: This is an open source project, you can use the prototype and the business model that we will design around it to start a small family business.
Learning: This project is a great opportunity to experience and learn an open source hardware development methodology, to experience a highly participatory work culture, and learn about the technologies used in the project. You'll also be exposed to collaborative entrepreneurship and collaborative business models.
Exposure: Co-author one or more scientific papers that are planned to be written on this device and process.
Networking: Get to know people with various skills, some of which are versed in p2p economics and collaborative entrepreneurship.
It's up to YOU to extract some or all the above benefits :)