Monday, December 08, 2014
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
(NaturalNews) As Natural News fans and readers know, I'm working hard on a series of inventions to be released in 2015 that will revolutionize preparedness and self-reliance globally. These are all 100% off-grid inventions that require no power to operate and are therefore collapse-proof.
Many physical parts of these inventions will be posted online as open-source, downloadable 3D printing files, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to print out these devices. (Some simple assembly is required after printing the parts.) This will empower people in first world nations as well as developing nations where citizens of villages or small towns will soon be able to access 3D printing services in a nearby city.
Unlike the Defense Distributed project, these are not 3D printable objects that have anything to do with tools for self defense. Rather, they have to do with creating abundance and self-reliance at the grassroots level.
Some of the objects I'll be releasing can be almost entirely printed at home, and others require additional parts or materials that must be acquired through other common means. For example, one of the objects I'm working on right now requires a simple steel rod hinge which can be made by bending a paper clip into a straight line, inserting it into the hinge hole, then bending the ends with a pair of small pliers to keep the hinge in place.
In every case where additional objects are required, my inventions are designed around readily-available common objects that are easily found, even in an era of social chaos, financial collapse or serious disruptions of society. In fact, these are items you could even find in the aftermath of a war.
Show first, then tell...
If you're wondering what all these inventions are all about, I'm planning on releasing a teaser video before Christmas which will reveal quite a few more details. I apologize that I can't reveal all the details right now, but as I said before, I have the "Wright Brothers" dilemma here: what I'm about to release will not be believed by most people unless they actually see proof of it working.
Until the Wright Brothers actually demonstrated flight for the public, nobody believed heavier-than-air objects could attain flight. The Wright Brothers were called con men and charlatans by almost everyone at the time, including nearly the entire community of scientists who declared that flight by heavier-than-air vehicles "violated the laws of physics." (Don't ever believe arrogant scientists when they insist they know everything...)
It turns out they were simply ignorant of the possibilities of how the laws of physics could be exploited in pioneering ways to achieve astonishing results. Extremely heavy airplanes fly all over the world today, and clearly they do so without violating the laws of physics. And what I'm going to reveal to the world in 2015 is a completely new series of solutions that are 100% in alignment with the laws of nature. You probably won't believe it until you see it, however, so I'm going to announce it at the same time that you can watch the DIY videos, download the 3D parts, build it yourself and get the same results I'm getting. At that point, anyone who says it can't be done will be granted honorary membership into the Flat Earth Society.
As you'll soon see, every person in the world will be able to replicate exactly what I'm doing and get the same results I'm getting. This is going to empower millions of people and have a positive global impact on nutrition, self-reliance, conscious awakening, self-healing, decentralized community security and much more.
"We are due for another technology revolution," says Heidi Milkert of the news site 3Dprint.com.  "This statement sounds ludicrous -- it seems smartphones and wearable tech just began infiltrating our lives. But if you look at the history of technology revolutions, it's clear we are approaching another world-changing innovation..."
Here's an update on my progress so far:
CAD software + 3D printing allows you to physically create your ideas
I spent the Thanksgiving holiday learning 3D modeling CAD software and was able to become proficient enough in a few days to tackle all the modeling for the first invention. This first invention consists of roughly a half dozen parts which are individually printed and then assembled by the end user to create a fully functional device with an extremely useful and practical use that can help end suffering and save lives worldwide.
Currently, I'm testing how well all the parts go together and I've had to make a lot of adjustments and design changes, so I'm keeping a design log which will be made public when this project gets announced. All my prototypes are being printed with PLA filament.
I've been using the Lulzbot TAZ 4 printer which has been running almost 24/7 like a workhorse. I've had no problems at all with the printer except for the common difficulty of so-called "first level adhesion," which is getting the first level of the 3D model to stick to the glass and lay down smoothly. One of the solutions that's been working well is to print a structural raft underneath the model, and this is one of the features offered by the software I'm using called Simplify 3D which you can find here.
Simplify 3D has been outstanding. Highly recommended. The only major drawback is that its "fine" mode prints models at 0.1mm layers, which means a typical model that I'm printing might take ten hours or more to fully print.
If you're interested in acquiring a 3D printer, Lulzbot says they're coming out with a new, improved TAZ printer in January of 2015. It's supposed to have automatic calibration features and other usability improvements. I'm actually planning on buying one as soon as it's ready so that I can have two Lulzbot printers cranking out prototypes at the same time. Sometimes waiting 12 hours for a print seems like forever...
"Impossible" objects now printed and tested
There are certain objects in these inventions which many people told me would be "impossible to 3D print." Being the type of person who routinely achieves things people tell me are impossible -- such as building and running a high-level atomic spectrometry laboratory, I went ahead and built these "impossible" parts and printed them anyway. And they work great!
But yes, my first few attempts ended up looking like a fractal mass of plastic chaos... oops. Thank goodness 3D printing allows such rapid prototyping. It allows you to quickly revise mistakes or try out ideas that would otherwise take months to explore.
I've tested these parts under operating conditions and they are performing flawlessly. Importantly, they eliminate the need for outside parts which I originally thought might be required for the invention.
That's a theme of what's happening with this whole project: Every time I think there's a part which must be acquired from elsewhere, I am discovering that with a little innovation, I can design it to be 3D printed instead. This is opening up amazing new possibilities for future devices, and I'm already keeping my own wish list of things to build and share with the world.
Of course, there are still a few parts which are too large to be handled with a 3D printer, but those parts are easily acquired from common objects. All this will be revealed in the upcoming DIY video to be launched in early 2015 (I'm shooting for early February at this point).
Materials testing is next
I've been prototyping with PLA filament, but soon I will begin heavy load performance testing of prototypes printed in ABS and Nylon. ABS is most likely going to be the common filament material of choice for end users, but I think Nylon is worth an attempt, too, because of its more durable nature. Many of these parts will work just fine with PLA, which is a great material to print with because it's biodegradable.
By the way, if you're wondering how large of a printer you'll need to print out these parts, most of the 3D printable parts are smaller than 6" x 6" x 6". So almost all the 3D printers can handle them. There is one part which may be about 10" tall, but I have decided to also make that part available in a smaller size that's under 6". So you have the option of printing the smaller version or the larger version depending on the 3D printer you own.
If you don't have a 3D printer, you will be able to purchase these objects already made. We've been asked to provide an option for people who don't yet own 3D printers, and we're committed to having these ready to ship at the same time we launch the open source downloadable print files. (So you can download the files for free, or you can purchase the finished product... it's your choice.)
If you want to get yourself a 3D printer for Christmas, make sure it can print 6" x 6" x 6". The more important thing to keep in mind is the layer precision. You want a printer which can do as close to 0.1mm layer height as possible. 0.4mm is too large and will cause some of the intricate structures to fail during a print. 0.2mm might work, but I haven't tested these prints at 0.2mm. I've got the software set at 0.1mm which is working great, even if the Lulzbot printer might not technically achieve 0.1mm accuracy, it's banging out these prints with astonishing reliability.
If you really want to make sure you can print out the objects I'm designing, then get a Lulzbot printer, because that's what I'm using for prototyping, and it's working better than great. Aside from the first layer adhesion problem -- which is common across all 3D printers so far -- this printer has been flawless, and the company has exactly the kind of open source mentality that we all need to support for grassroots liberty, self-reliance and the open sharing of great ideas with the world.
The future of our world will not be based on corporate dominance and the monopolization of ideas; it will be based on peer-to-peer, distributed open sharing of ideas which promote decentralized liberty and local community empowerment. That's why I'm giving away all these inventions for free, even at the same time I'm patenting them and placing them in a non-profit entity to protect these ideas from greedy monopolists. As you will soon see, these inventions are too important to monopolize for profit. Humanity needs these solutions right now, and if I didn't need sleep, I would stay up all night working on this until launch day...
Timetable of what's coming
• I'll launch a teaser video before Christmas that shares more details and allows you to sign up for the email announcement list.
• 3D printable, open-source downloadable files will be launched in early February. You will be able to print them immediately if you own a 3D printer such as the Lulzbot.
• Around the same time, we will have ready-to-purchase manufactured versions of the same items ready to ship for those who don't want to print them.
• DIY videos will also be posted for some of the inventions, showing you how you can manufacture your own versions using common parts and items from any hardware store.
In essence, you will have three options for many of these items:
Option #1) Download the plans and print them yourself, then assemble them yourself. Then share the files with others so they can print them, too (with our blessing!).
Option #2) Watch the DIY videos, grab your cordless drill, run to the hardware store and buy all the stuff you need, then make all this yourself. (This is only possible for SOME of the inventions, but not all, because I've expanded the inventions coming out and some of these are impossible to make on your own, as you'll see.)
Option #3) Purchase them already pre-made and we'll ship them to you. (Or befriend someone with a 3D printer and ask them to print it for you!)
This is all based on your free choice. Because I believe in choice, liberty, self-reliance and grassroots empowerment.
Once released, these objects can never be censored
Once these objects are released, no government in the world will ever be able to censor them, and no corporation can block these due to intellectual property because I designed them myself from scratch, so I own the copyright and will be assigning unlimited replication and distribution rights to the entire human race.
Once people begin printing and using these objects, we will listen to community feedback and make improvements and revisions as needed.
So each object will be offered in a version number such as 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, etc.
I will also be taking requests and suggestions for objects the community suggests as enhancements. You'll be able to send me a sketch and a description of your idea, and if it's really cool, I'll build the 3D model for it and add it to the open-source files.
Together, we can literally change the world through the power of grassroots ideas, open source sharing, decentralized intellectual property and completely bypassing governments which only destroy innovation and prosperity.
This project is truly Power to the People, direct from one person to another, multiplied by the desire of people everywhere to be free.
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