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22nd Century Machine Shop

This is the real-world “MultiMachine”: an Open Source machine tool made from old engine blocks and scrap metal.  Devices like this allow Tech Level C groups/societies to maintain their “good, but limited” manufacturing capabilities.

The designers state that “The MultiMachine is an accurate all-purpose machine tool that can be used as a metal or wood lathe, end mill, horizontal mill, drill press, wood or metal saw or sander, surface grinder and sheet metal “spinner”. It can be built by a mechanic using just common hand tools. For machine construction, electricity can be replaced with “elbow grease” and all the necessary material can come from discarded vehicle parts and steel bar.”

For further details see the MultiMachine here: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/07/multimachine_at_maker_faire_africa.html

For full details on how to make one:


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  1. Jason D. McEwan
    March 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    This is also what snakeeater teams would possess(ala Ruins of Chicago). Good Find!

  2. February 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Very cool! How long did it take to build this?

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