What is a seed factory?

A new kind of production system that can grow from a starter kit in three ways:

 

Diversification

Diversification

Making parts for new equipment and expanding the range of possible outputs.

Replication

Replication

Making copies of its own parts so as to eventually copy the entire starter set.

Scaling

Scaling

Making parts for larger versions of existing equipment.

Like any factory, it makes useful end products, but part of the production capacity is used to make more equipment for the factory itself. Thus total capacity can grow exponentially. This has the potential to end material scarcity. Our goal is to design and demonstrate a first generation Seed Factory as a collaborative open-source project. Project members will own the physical hardware, and benefit from the its products.

We are in the technology development phase, and in 2014 plan to transition to a permanent R&D location. Please explore this site, find out more about what we are doing, ask questions, and see if you might want to help.