Values

OSE Europe is applying the GVCS Core Values:

  • Open Source – we freely publish our 3d designs, schematics, instructional videos, budgets, and product manuals on our wiki and we harness open collaboration from contributors all around the world.
  • Distributive Economics – we are distributing as much wealth to as many people as possible through a combination of: Open Design (of products, processes, services, and other economically significant information), Flexible Fabrication, and Open Business Models. Thus, we encourage the replication of enterprises that derive from the GVCS platform as a route to truly free enterprise.
  • Low-Cost – The cost of making or buying our machines are, on average, 8x cheaper than buying from an industrial manufacturer, including an average labor cost of $25 hour for a GVCS fabricator.
  • Modular – Motors, parts, assemblies, and power units can interchange. Universality is given priority whenever possible. Machines work together in integrated product ecologies.
  • User-Serviceable – Design-for-disassembly allows the user to take apart, maintain, and fix tools readily without the need to rely on expensive repairmen. Frames are bolted together and can be unbolted easily, rather than hard-to-access curvilinear panels that are more for looks than ease of service.
  • DIY – Our comprehensive instructional library allows for “Do-It-Yourself” fabrication. We seek to empower the average individual through a simple design language, and a new standard of clarity in our How To’s.
  • Closed Loop Manufacturing – Metals are essential component of advanced civilization, and our platform allows for recycling scrap steel into virgin feedstock and harvesting aluminum from clay soil.
  • High Performance – Performance standards must match or exceed those of industrial counterparts for the GVCS to be viable.
  • Flexible Fabrication – It has been demonstrated that the flexible use of generalized machinery in appropriate-scale production is a viable alternative to centralized production. Using cutting-edge, digitally assisted fabrication technologies for a nimble and lean operation, whereas a purpose built factory often can’t afford to retool when the times change.
  • and others like Ecological Design, Resilience, Lifetime Design, Complete Economy, Scalability, Nonviolence, Long Term Approach, Proper Scale and Radical Abundance.

Source: http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/OSE_Specifications

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