|A Seed Factory is a new kind of production system which has two major differences from conventional factories: self-expansion and integration.
It includes a starter set of equipment which can expand in three ways to a larger capacity, while also making useful products:
The factory is designed as an integrated system. It brings together multiple production steps from raw materials and energy to finished items. Each part of the factory produces resources needed by the other parts to function, making it self-sustaining. Since the parts are all in one place, the whole production chain can take advantage of automation and robotics. Integrated processes can also take waste outputs from one step, and use them as inputs for another. The combination results in a highly efficient design.
As the factory expands, it produces a growing variety of products for end users, and an increasing percentage of the items for its own growth. The relatively low cost of a starter kit, and the low operating cost from integrated processes and automation, make this system very desirable on an economic basis.
As a new way to organize production, Seed Factories build on past experience from Industrial Technology and Engineering. This Wikibook will attempt to describe the concept of Seed Factories, and their history, design, and operation, in relation to these wider bodies of knowledge.
Table of Contents
3.0: Design Concepts
4.0: Design Process
5.0: Personal Factory
6.0: Industrial Factory
8.0: Remote Locations
9.0: Conceptual Design Notes
- page 1: General Notes || Notes for Section 5.0 - Personal Factory: Requirements, Functions
- page 2: System Modeling
- page 3: Alternatives, Habitation, Transport, Production Technologies
- page 4: Production Alternatives
- page 5, page 6, page 7: Develop Alternatives
- page 8: Design Baseline
- page 9: Notes for Section 7.0 - Distributed Production Network