Distributed Mass Manufacturing

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During World War 2, the British designed a machine gun that could be easily built by anyone with access to a basic metal shop. The result was the Sten gun, which was produced in relatively large numbers in occupied Europe. Similarly, the Liberator could be easily mass produced and was intended to be used by the people of occupied countries. Both of these products worked on a massively distributed basis.

We can use the same idea for producing a currency. By creating the design and allowing others to actually produce the currency, we can decentralize it so there is no "head" to cut off.

Apparently, a minting press can be constructed from small hydraulic devices like car jacks or wood splitters. Anyone with a die set and a hydraulic press can mint their own silver pieces.

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I don't know if this would work, but at the ren fest in MD they use a manual drop hammer to impring medalions. Might work for us. I'll see what I can find out about it.

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http://www.renaissance-faire.com/shop/Ancient-Circles.htm

This is the manufacturer I was thinking of.

 

EdtoAdd: Found a live link http://quicksilvermint.com/

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Does this mean you like the idea? It was the first thing I thought of when talk of distributed minting came up. Need a supplier for rounds.
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Re: Distributed Mass Manufacturing

Heck yeah!

The more ways that people can make their own money, the better.

I like the drop hammer idea a lot because you can dial in whatever force you want. Our previous ideas include using car jacks, which limits you to around 10-20 tons of force.

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An interested party told me that there might be an issue with bouncing when using the drop hammer type of press. The bouncing of the hammer could cause double strikes. If we do use a drop hammer type of press, we'd need to find a way to eliminate that.