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OSE/GVCS/CEB Press blurb
  • I have a very rough draft of the text of the blurb I have written to introduce and describe OSE, the GVCS and the CEB Press available.  Most of the work prior to this has been stumbling around with the Bill of Materials, Tools List and a guessed-together Skills list which really need data and information specific from the builders to get in working order, but this blurb is pure documentation so I finally have a piece of the document in progress to paste.  Suggestions and criticisms are welcome.  Grammar, sentence structure and word choice will be important to attend to before a final draft, but as I am pasting together bits and pieces from the wiki and writing most of the rest from scratch, I anticipate significant shifts in the wording of this draft, so focusing on the 'little things' is likely to be irrelevant at this early point.  If you feel some things I have written are inappropriate, generally inappropriately worded, would be better organized in a different fashion (paragraph ordering), or should include information I have not included in the text, that sort of critique/commentary/suggestions would be very useful at this point.

    Open Source
    The Global Village Construction Set
    & the role of
    the Compressed Earth Brick Press

    The Open Source Ecology (OSE) group is a collaborative association
    of a growing number of people with a variety of experience, expertise
    and talent for the skills necessary to develop and publish, under an
    open source license, an interoperable group of machines called the
    Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). The goal of OSE in
    developing the GVCS is to create a complete set tools to enable
    anyone to build replicable, open source, modern, off-grid resilient

    Open Source is an idea that has evolved over time. The term
    itself originated in 1998 from a group of free software developers
    with a revolutionary approach for creating software: Instead of a
    corporation hiring a group of computer programmers to create closed
    source software (whose code is proprietary and legally protected from
    being looked at or modified by anyone not specifically authorized by
    the corporation), open source software programmers write software to
    fulfill needs and make the full original source code available to
    anyone. In that way, other computer programmers can bring their
    expertise and differing perspectives to bear on the software,
    improving its base code, and over time open source software grows as
    every user with programming knowledge may look at the code and can
    improve it.

    Over time, especially as the Internet has become more commonplace
    in far-flung parts of the world, a huge variety of information is
    freely given by their creators: cooking recipes, strategy and
    tactics for specific industries, custom modifications to cars and
    even blueprints for entire machines, enabling people to cook those
    recipes, adopt those strategies, modify their cars or even build an
    entire machine from scratch using that freely-made information
    without owing any royalties to the original creator.

    The GVCS is an organized iteration of this, open source hardware
    design for a system of machines designed to enable a group of 200
    individuals to live completely independently, producing everything
    needed for a comfortable modern life (everything from the basics of
    food, shelter and clothing to fuel and even 1990s technology-level
    computers!) without needing the increasingly high capital to pay
    someone else to produce those things they need.

    The Global Village Construction Set Compressed Earth Block Press
    (GVCS CEB Press) is a machine developed by the OSE as part of the
    GVCS. The GVCS CEB Press takes raw earth/dirt/soil, and with the
    great compressive strength of hydraulic power, compresses it to
    produce solid blocks useful for building. Compressed earth blocks
    have many advantages as a building material:

    • Eliminate the cost of transporting bricks or blocks from

    • High strength and strong insulation against heat and sound

    • Material needed to produce CEBs is, literally, dirt-cheap!

    Because the GVCS CEB Press is open source technology and this
    document is protected under the GNU Free Document License, you are
    completely free to legally download, print and make unlimited copies
    of this document and build the machine yourself, with no fees nor
    royalties owed to the Open Source Ecology group. You further have
    the right, under the open source license this machine is developed
    under and this document written, to sell any machine you make based
    on the instructions and blueprints found in this document for
    whatever price you wish, and retain the full amount for yourself.

    The process of building a functional power machine such as the
    GVCS CEB Press may sound intimidating, but this document developed by
    the OSE community was made to break the process down to every single
    step. Every tool and every bit of material used to build this
    machine are fully detailed in the forthcoming pages, followed by the
    actual build instructions complete with blueprints and diagrams
    designed to enable anyone, with the necessary skills (also listed) to
    be able to build this machine.

    With a completed GVCS CEB Press, two people can build a 6 foot
    (1.83 meter)-high round wall 20 feet (6.1 meters) in diameter and 1
    foot (30 centimeters) thick in one 8-hour workday, though
    construction time will vary based on preparation time, available
    equipment (such as a tractor to prepare the ground and move the
    finished blocks produced by the press to where they need to go). The
    bigger the block size, the faster a wall can be erected, but bigger
    blocks weigh more and are a strain to work with. The version of the
    GVCS CEB Press described in this document produce blocks weighing an
    average of 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms).

    The GVCS Torch Table, planned as part of the GVCS but not yet
    ready with full documentation instructions at the time this document
    was written (20 September 2011), will automate the GVCS CEB Press
    manufacturing process, reducing the time to build the machine by 20
    hours. The Open Source Ecology group has set an ambitious goal to
    completely develop the full Global Village Construction Set by the
    end of 2012; the GVCS Torch Table will likely be available before

    For more information on the Open Source Ecology group, the Global
    Village Construction Set and the other machines part of this set, and
    to ensure you have the most recent build instructions for the CEB
    Press, please visit the Open Source Ecology website at:

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  • Ignore the mis-formatting for now, as it wasn't properly preserved in the paste (specifically the odd line breaks in the title).

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