Howdy Resonanceman, Brodi,
Uh, yeah you mean a smaller capital investment. Yeah we can do that, it will take more of what I call "scrapyard ingenuity" but yeah that is possible. I don't think this will be cheap any way round. Even if we can get reasonably priced equipment there is still a major engineering effort. The companies that first built semiconducting devices like Bell Labs and Texas Instruments didn't have all the sophisticated semiconductor manufacturing technology because in the 1950's that stuff didn't exist yet. They basically had an advanced college physics lab with no "technology"
We are going to need a furnace and a crucible which can handle molten silicon in the least. I am worried a little about the crystal pulling process. This will not do well to be done by hand. We would have to devise a "jig" that could pull the seed at a regular rate so as not to create deformities in the crystal. A diamond saw would be OK, but a CO2 Laser would be optimum for cutting the finished crystals. At this point we can attach electrodes and call them "proof of concept", just cut crystals with electrodes that can demonstrate the material.
For production we would need to replicate many different kinds of batteries. From those tiny coin cells, up to gigantic truck and marine batteries. This can happen after we find investors or John McCain tells me I got a big ass grant.
About the suppressed technology or alien (Drannom's blue crystal) technology thing the wider this information is spread and the more people that understand the technology the harder it will be to suppress. As far as the suppressors are concerned I think that our future visitors will be taking care of them, so I don't think that we are going to have to worry about that. As for monopolies we just have to make sure there are several companies that make Electrinium. Maybe take the first company and split it into 5 independent manufacturing groups and spread them out over the face of the Earth. Then we set up new manufacturing facilities as needed in areas that need more batteries. This way we are spreading the Electrinium technology and free energy around the globe simultaneously.
I think "scrapyard ingenuity" is the way to go .
Anyone can come up with an answer if they have unlimited bucks to throw at the problem .
It takes brains to come up with a solution that requires few bucks .
I can't find the exact drive I was thinking .
This drive is similar and a good starting point for explaining the differences.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonic_Drive
In the animation on the link the output of the drive moves 1 tooth with an input of 1/2 revolution .
This is good but as I understand it red gear is metal and all the usable torque has to go through the connection. It is not easy to transfer torque through something with that much freedome of movement .
The drive I was thinking about works with the same principle except the yellow "wave generator plug" is replaced by a gear . The red gear is replaced with toothed belt with teeth on both sides .
The inner gear is sized to be as large as possible, with the outer gear, the belt and the inner gear all meshed on one side, there would be just enough room on the other side for the belt to slip between the gears.
If the inner gear is driven around the outer gear by an eccentric ( a drive shaft with the driving part intentionally off center ) and the inner gear is allowed to rotate the belt will slowly rotate .
If 2 or more matching eccentrics are used to drive the inner gear it will follow a circular path around the outer gear but will not rotate. The outer gear with then rotate at the difference in circumference of the gears per revolution.
I am not sure how small they make drive belts with teeth on both sides .
I am pretty sure we can find one small enough to be usable .
As far as the inner and outer gears . I am sure that they will have to be custom made .
With this design the force is spead out across many teeth .
Using a larger belt spreads the load even more.
I see no reason that at least the tooth part of the inner and outer gears could not be made of plastic .
I have seen posts with very nice looking plastic parts made with homemade CNC machines.
Maybe one of those people could help with the gears.
I was thinking that the outer gear would have a metal disk attached to the bottom and it would be attached to a ball screw .
The whole thing could be driven by a stepper motor .... I would suggest that the drive be belt driven and geared down enough that the stepper motor runs at is max speed to have the ball screw pulling at the fasted expected growth rate.
Another little detail . If the outer part of the outer gear of the drive was round the drive could be " clamped " in place during use . ( possibly by air cylinders )
After a pull the drive could be unclamped and it would rotate at the speed of the stepper motor drive . This would allow the system to be reset for another pull in a short period of time.
As I see it oven would be fixed near the bottom of the machine.
It would have a hole in the top to pull the crystal through .
There would also be a " cooling chamber " that rises as the crystal is pulled.
This cooling chamber would trap and hold much of the heat escaping from the oven.
The ball screw and drives would all be above this cooling chamber . in open air .
If someone on this site has a CNC big enough for the gears and is willing to help then the only parts I can think of that need machining are the eccentrics and their mounting hardware . and the metal disk that will make up the center of the outer disk and connect to the ball screw.
The rest of the stuff I would classify as basement tech . anyone with a real desire to build could get it done .
I am not including the heat source for the oven in this post . I am assuming resistance wire or natural gas . but I have no experience with either . so I will leave the heat to those that understand it .