Made from recycled scrap metal and old truck engines, the open-source Multimachine can drill press, lather and mill. It originally started as a project by Pat Delaney as a way to easily create a machine that was cheap to create and accurate enough for metal work. The project, now hosted at its own Yahoo group, can be used in developing countries as a way to create jobs and assist in the fields of agriculture, transportation, education and food preparation. The very making of the machine imparts the skills needed to use it.
“Right now if a NGO gives a well pump to a village in Africa, what does the village do when it breaks? With a multimachine, or tools like it, they can fix it themselves.”
All the documentation required to build it can be found at the website linked below. Don’t you just love human ingenuity?