Designed for developing world entrepreneurs who provide services in the informal economies of countries like Ghana and Kenya, the Concrete Lathe is a rotary machine tool that is necessary for maintenance and production of basic machines and parts. Unlike prohibitively expensive commercial lathes, the Concrete Lathe can be constructed by scrap and other cheap, readily-available materials and help machinists in the developing world bootstrap their businesses.
Here are all of my posts on the concrete lathe project in one place so they’re easy to find. If you’re new to the project, I’d start at the top. Also, the current drawing and model files can be downloaded here from the project wiki.