A NEW CONCEPT FOR COMPOSTING (Made Thanks to Sketchup, Autodesk 123D and Autodesk Sketchbook)


Introduction: A NEW CONCEPT FOR COMPOSTING (Made Thanks to Sketchup, Autodesk 123D and Autodesk Sketchbook)

This is a project I have ben working on for the past year, always refining it, until NOW only approximately 30 people had seen this one of kind prototype. I am pleased to finally release it to those who use Instructables. The are four basic steps for the cycle of this system. Made on Sketchup, Autodesk 123D and Autodesk Sketchbook.

Step 1: Chute

To dump the compost through a drawer in the wall that sends it down a chute (a gathering of rain will drain this), similar to a laundry chute. 

Step 2: Blender

The compost will now be blended to bits and pieces to increase the speed of composting.

Step 3: Storage

Now the compost is forced into a storage bin. It will stay in this bin till step 4 with bugs and worms.

Step 4: Enjoy

Now that the compost is in the no smell you can use a blower like prototype to spray the compost to a precise location. The best part of the project is that the compost produces heat for the building.

Step 5: Chart

Here is a chart of the components of the composting system, made on Autodesk 123D and Autodesk Sketchbook.



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    I like the idea of the chute. We are lazy at home to go out to throw the compostable materials from the kitchen to the composter in the backyard, especially during winter. Mixing the materials and storing indoors also allows for compost to be made during the coldest months of the winter.

    I think this is a very good idea for reusing waste and preventing pollution.
    I do suggest omitting the insect or blending step. An insect's major contribution is the break up of material to increase surface area for microbial activity. I think agitation during the composting stage would be of more value. This would improve air and microbe distribution.

    All the naysayers aside, Astronomer, I actually think the idea has merit! At my place of work, we use all the food scraps and paper handtowels for a basement worm farm. A system like yours, where the organic materials could be dropped down a shute, shredded, then spread over a worm farm, would make for a very efficient method. The resulting wormcastings and liquid could then be transported to a roof garden (not on my office's roof unfortunately), or to a indoor food garden (which is what the plans are for our wormcasts - in the lunchroom/kitchen we would grow salad plants for lunches and herbs for fresh teas).

    Keep refining your idea for other building layouts and other technologies - perhaps an auger could transfer the compost to the roof instead of a blower if the blower was not sufficient? I've had a look at your Sketchup model: you currently seem to not have the blower component included - how will that part fit into the system?

    Mmmmmhm. And this took an entire year? ...im assuming you have drawings with much more intricacies

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    This is my most detailed model. This did NOT take a full year!

    That is the official and most detailed model. I have refined it for two years. It didn't take a year to make, just for refinements.

    For refinement. The idea is now two years old.

    Hey, interesting but... may I ask what the class room setup under ground is for. I mean in school I already never see the light of day because windows "distract" students so teacher pull down all there blackout curtains, but I don't think schools belong underground.

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    It is a school with plants on the roof that are fertilized using the compost.

    It could be an above ground building with plants on the roof.

    If you like it, please look for my model on the 3D printing contest and Green Design contest and vote. Thank you.

    Can't wait to see the 'Proof Of Concept' working model.