Thinking out of the box WAY OUT

Bob Warner

KNIFE MAKER
We have made some progress on the blocks.

We did a redesign of the machine to improve it. It works great and have made more blocks. We tested the latest block by putting Harvey's C5500 welding truck on it like we did my truck. It felt the weight and distorted a bit but returned to its shape when the truck was removed.

We did a video of us making a block from start to finish and sent it to a lot of people. There is now an engineering firm in New Mexico that is interested in testing it. This thing looks like it has legs and may go somewhere.

If anyone is interested in seeing the video of the block being made, here are the links. It is broken into six parts and all together is about 20 minutes. Please ignore the dirty faces and clothes, it was a long day.

Bob



http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part1.wmv
http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part2.wmv
http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part3.wmv
http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part4.wmv
http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part5.wmv
http://www.fabrication-station.com/Bottle brick video 12-20-10 part6.wmv
 

Mike Jones

Google Master
Hopefully something turns out from it! Maybe even get you a nice chunk of income! I didn't watch all of the videos, so I don't know if this was answered, but how much would one of those blocks weigh? I'd imagine stacking a few on top of each other, with some support would make a very sturdy shelter area
 

Bob Warner

KNIFE MAKER
They weigh somewhere between 7-10 pounds. We ill recommend 10 for the lower courses and 7 or more for the upper courses based on the tests the engineering place come up with.

Since these are plastic they have to be enclosed. Most people in third world countries are experts at making plaster from local soil so the appearance of the blocks don't matter since they will be covered anyway.
 

franklin

Well-Known Member
what would happen if you used a heat source to kind of melt it together so you would not need all the wire like a fire under the back of machine but make a handle so you could move it off the fire when need be just thinking out loud seems like allot of wire
 

Bob Warner

KNIFE MAKER
The addition of heat is a great idea. It relaxes the memory in the plastic and makes it easier to compress. However, there is a place making what they call the biofusion block. It uses steam for that purpose but there is a large cost involved to make heat and steam and we want this to be able to be done in places where there is nothing but human labor available. Therefore all electrical or gas driven options are out.

In many third world countries there are a low population of men due to war. That leaves a lot of women or young men and women. We want a small woman or a larger child to be able to help in the making of these blocks.

The American cost (local to me) is about 15 cents per block for the wire. There are a lot of people that would donate enough wire to build several homes. We are also working with corporate sponsors to try to get help covering these costs. The wire could also be purchased from China or other countries at a cheaper rate. Even used barbed wire will work.
 

franklin

Well-Known Member
very cool i was just thinking out loud throwing something out there you guys are doing great
 
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