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Re: [gctechspace] We can do this !!!!!!!!!

From: Steve D.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 7:06 PM
I'm still not sure on the mobile thing....... there is a lot of up front cost..... interesting though. You should talk to Richard John at Griffith Uni - he already has the Science Alive programme that goes around all the schools... he has a little hiace van.

Re 1001 projects - we are trying at address that. Focus is very much on Reprap at the moment.

I did the Lego workshop today which was extremely successful - it's a worth money to us... we made enough money today buy another lego mindstorms kit (which will make the next workshop even better) - so I am probably also personally going to focus on the lego and robotics stuff (which actually meshes quite nicely to reprap anyway).

I really like the sandcastle molds idea btw..... would be a fairly big print though.

Steve

On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM, Ing. Walter Hartmann <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Dave & Merlin ;)
. . . actually, Hi everybody !

Over the last few months I had a good look around all the projects around TechSpace to see which ones I could contribute to.

Then the idea of IT-hardware recycling came up a few weeks ago.
This stands a fair chance to become viable in itself but for my taste it isn't close enough to the market yet. On the other hand I met somebody who is in the recycling business and got interested on the topic, saying some financial contribution would be possible to get started.

Further, - starting a 1001 projects is a guarantee to get nothing finished and I'd rather get onto something that would benefit a lot from what I can contribute and brings income down the track.

By looking at what is already there and under way, last Sunday I found this possibility:

TechSpace as a concept - but add: make it mobile, by putting parts of it into 20ft. shipping containers. {example: a school, tafe or even uni could hire it with a small comp lab a few RepRap in it. Somebody of GC-TechSpace could be a consultant on a basis for one term or year.} But there are plenty of other options to this basic modular concept of TechSpaceInAbox. { Emergency shelter, sell a (liveable- ) shed in a box, TeamInAbox, . . .  and more. All this would benefit quite a bit from older stuff I did over the years. }

PROBLEM = COST

SOLUTION = A re- usable/doable fund-raiser. An educational indoor/outdoor toy I did years ago: SandCastles. Which got stuck because cheap rapid prototyping (RepRap) wasn't around. Lately me looking round on crowd funding showed that toys, games and unique brick-a-brack are real goers. So last Sunday wasn't a loss, - all the above fell together into one suddenly.

Sorry that I took so long to type it up,

looking forward  to read what you all think.

Thank you,
Walter























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