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For shipping containers and factories, we're just starting to scratch the surface of the awesome possibilities.

On containers:
Restaurants, residences, art: tons of projects across the board are staring to appreciate the potential of these funky boxes. I'm particularly interested in reuses that respect the original form, like the art piece below (Maker Faire San Mateo 2012, I believe by somebody from NIMBY). 

On factories, and production more broadly:
Thousands of units produced around the world are less fun and often less sustainable. Dieter Rams' idea of 'Less But Better' sounds like a great inspiration for making things custom and local. If they're better and we buy fewer, I think it's ok for things to occasionally be a bit more expensive.
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I have a 40' container to build my workshop in. still no real electric just extension cords, no real lights yet either. On a high note it only cost $7000.
great!
I love the shop in a box idea. I look forward to seeing more!!!! B
Nice work
When I finally get the cash saved to buy my land,these are what Im going to use for my home,with some work of course.When I get finished,it will be hard to tell that they were once shipping containers.
Very nice! We use a container for a workshop, too.
A few pics...
Hello.Great idea and realization of it. <br> Have you thought about producing biogas to run your generator,and anything else that gas is good for ?
Heh. Good look with your anthromophic data in Kenya. They have the Maasai, the tallest people in the world and IIRC even some small number of Pygmy peoples.
Model thrice, cut once is good advice but I would modify it to &quot;Model on computer once, cardboard once, wood/plastic once, cut in steel.&quot; That is especially true with a tight space, mobile project.<br> <br> No matter how good our computer modeling tools, nothing beats physical model. It is easy to have something offset or protruding by 1/2&quot;/1cm be invisible in the model but be blocking in use.<br> <br> I once built a workbench with a foot locking/leveling bolt sticking out sideways maybe an inch. It look okay in the cad as I had placed it above the toe kick so my foot would slide under it and it was shorter than the toe kick. &nbsp;However, depending on what boots I wore, the bolt hit the top of my foot on the upper arch just where it rises to join the ankle. It made the workbench almost unusable because every few minutes I would bang into that bolt.&nbsp;<br> <br> You don't want to get out into the back beyond and find you can't use a tool because another tool or structural component is poking you in the back.&nbsp;
Word of advice from my cowboy/barnstoming-pilot/roughneck grandfather who had done and see it all: <em><strong>&quot;The powerful the tool, the easier it is to cut your own head off with it.&quot;</strong></em><br> <br> This type of small mobile factory might be a way around the endemic corruption in the 3rd world that strangles off most technical development. People can't import components and tools because corrupt officials place staggeringly high du jure and de facto tariffs on imported items. They like tariffs because shipping ports and airports are choke points in the distribution system they can easily control.&nbsp;<br> <br> A blogmate of mine worked with a charity shipping prefab building panels to disaster areas. Following the Haiti earthquake they tried to send some but corrupt officials levied a 200% tariff on the panels! &nbsp;<br> <br> The problem is so bad in some places that the people revert to techniques like hand filing matching bolts and nuts (each pair hand made and uniquely mated to each other.) It's more cost effective to have a guy stand there with a file all day essentially whittling steel and producing a noninterchangeable nut and bolt pair than it is to try and import a box of manufactured interchangeable nuts and bolts we'd by $10 for down at the hardware store.&nbsp;<br> <br> With the DIY factory, you might have to pay through the nose to get the factory in the country but once you did, you could manufacture essential products at reasonable prices. Considering how many people in the 3rd world die owing to a lack of basic technological infrastructure, you could save a lot of lives.&nbsp;
Are there any problems regarding condensation?
Hey Luke - what an amazing project! Congratulations on maximizing your useful work and storage spaces. A 40 ft container feels really big. Very inspiring and you're a good teacher.
1,000kWh+ battery <br>That would probably take one more container just for the batteries :D <br>
Very good job, I'm pretty impress by all you have done. Can you tell me why you do not use two containers side by side with the CNC in the middle to have almost 8' of space ? <br>Thank you for sharing ! <br>
This is great! I love what you have done here (specifically, providing the opportunity for a third-world locality to help build themselves up.) This looks like it would fit in perfectly with a missionary approach based on the Book of James in the Bible (don't say to a hungry man, &quot;God loves you&quot; and ignore his physical needs, but rather help him with food (clothing, charcoal making, etc.) and then tell him &quot;God loves you.&quot; <br> <br>Have you had any troubles with finding local workers with the talent to run the equipment? Also, are the raw materials available, in Kenya, for your production runs? Is it easy to get hold of those materials? How about training/coordination at the Kenyan end of things? Did you already have local contacts with whom you worked, or what? <br> <br>Perhaps this would be better moved to a Private Message (or direct email) conversation. I would like to discuss this with you further.
Wow... This is epic!! <br>Looks like you had more than a container's load of fun.. :D <br> <br>Question: would it be possible to make windows in a way that the container still meets the shipping codes/requirements? <br> <br>Thanks for sharing and inspiring !!
Walking a container would first require that we have an appropriate walking song. Probably something country/western, since containers are associated with trucks, but with a little Polynesian flavor to honor the inspiration, and of course, it would need a &quot;Yo-heave-ho&quot; beat :-)
Great read! Really interesting story and details.
Fun stuff, I'm tempted to vote for this just because of the entertainment factor xD
Great documentation, and a perfect community building project even in developed nations. I look forward to following the evolution of Shop In A Box. Thanks!
This is great stuff! My own particular interest is homebuilt aircraft, but I am very interested in this sort of small, lean, low-cost, off-the-grid manufacturing to reduce costs. I am also a container architechure fan. I would love to learn more about the specifics of your DIY factory design--footing and solar electric specs, etc. By the way, I happen to be living in Nairobi at the moment, so shoot me a message next time you're in town. Cheers, Matthew
This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing all of these with us.

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