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Windmillprint-crop.jpg As part of a 3-D printing class, graduate students will be designing printable open-source appropriate technology for sustainable development. If you want a technology designed to be 3-D printed, post your ideas here. Chosen designs will be made and open-sourced for the global community. Deadline Nov. 13, 2014


Appropriate Technology Engineering 305 class
Parabolic basket and tin can solar cooker. The objective of this project is to create a solar cooker out of local invasive species and waste materials. We want to create a device that can pasteurize water and be an alternative to the use of fossil fuels for cooking food. Our criteria for evaluating the appropriateness of technology are: use of local materials, efficiency, durability, ease of use, ease of construction, cost, impact on environment, impact on culture/lifestyle, education or expertise needed for construction.

Overall this was a successful project. We were able to meet our goal of pasteurizing water. The solar basket can pasteurize water in a quart container in about an hour with optimal conditions. If we were to make the solar basket version 2.0, here are some changes we would make: 1. double up the blackberry runners so that the ribs of the basket are stronger; 2. use another material instead of pampas grass because it causes lumps on the basket's surface, maybe something softer; 3. use all large can lids, of the shiniest quality; and 4.construct the rings that hold the parabolic shape out of a less flexible material than the aluminum and wire that we found.

Terraces and ditches at Petegral

Terraces and ditches at Petregal a Permaculture Demonstration Center in Oaxaca, Mexico.

E. F. Schumacher
Perhaps we cannot raise the winds. But each of us can put up the sail, so that when the wind comes we can catch it.

Man working in a rice field.
Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, and/or stimulate growth. Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture.

Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. In the developed world, industrial agriculture based on large-scale monoculture has become the dominant system of modern farming, although there is growing support for sustainable agriculture (e.g. permaculture or organic agriculture).

Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

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ENGR 215 Introduction to Design projects – Spring 2009: WaterPod: The Spring 2009 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build systems that foster the artists living sustainably onboard a barge in the waterways of New York City.

Spring 2009 ENGR 215 Intro to Design Projects - WaterPod
Bicycle Energy Generator
An alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator  
Soil-less Growing System
A system that would grow food for the occupants of the barge without the presence of soil  
Filter Commander 9000
A water filtration system to make drinkable water from rainwater catchment  
Tour de Volts
A bicycle as a power source to provide a bit of extra energy to the WaterPod  
WaterPod Hang Thyme
A hydroponic green wall that is used to grow herbs in minimal amounts of space  
FBD Rainwater Purification
Exists to provide clean drinking water for the WaterPod Project  
Coopatron 5000
A chicken coop designed to supplement the dietary needs of the inhabitants of the WaterPod  
Rocket Stove
To provide a reliable and sustainable means of cooking by minimizing fuel use and optimizing efficiency  
Pico in a Bucket
To harness the kinetic energy of the falling water from the overflow of the WaterPod's water tower  
WindPod Turbine
A vertical access wind turbine that uses the power of the wind coming from any direction to create energy  
Composting Toilet
Duchamp de Loo, is a composting toilet system that can be used and can educate people about environmental ways to get rid of human waste  

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