This Modified Moped Engine Powers a Boat, Concrete Mixer, and Woodsaw

Illustration for article titled This Modified Moped Engine Powers a Boat, Concrete Mixer, and Woodsaw

We live in a world of vehicles and machinery made up of a million different moving parts and hyper-specialized tech guts. Using nothing more than a modified moped motor, Gaspard Tiné-Berès and Tristan Kopp of Re-Do Studio imagined a future where a single modular Engine Block can be used to power everything from a small boat to a cement mixer.

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Illustration for article titled This Modified Moped Engine Powers a Boat, Concrete Mixer, and Woodsaw

They put together the project as part of Ljubljana's 50th Biennial of Industrial Design, and started with a (very) creative vision: In an "apocalyptic" future ravaged by economic turmoil, these mix-and-match generators will be the key to a new kind of hands-on maker movement, where people (re)learn what it takes to make their goods go. In other words: "A guy fixes old tools by using a unique engine to run all of them," as Tiné-Berès told We Make Money Not Art.

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It's conceptual, sure, but they also made it work with a prototype proof of concept (shot in a ultra-dramatic, sci-fi style vid). The duo partnered with Tomos, a Slovenian scooter manufacturer, to source the engine, then adapted it to work with a boat, a saw, a cement mixer, and—of course—a moped.

Illustration for article titled This Modified Moped Engine Powers a Boat, Concrete Mixer, and Woodsaw

The reality of a one-size-fits-all engine is not necessarily practical, but the idea does speak to a kind of industrious tinkering that most folks wouldn't bother to consider in their day to day lives—which falls in line with their Re-Done home appliance and bike projects from a few years back which saw cheap, bound-for-the-trash miscellany being fixed up rather than tossed out. Apocalyptic futures aside, their commitment to encouraging resourcefulness rather than waste is one we should definitely be paying attention to now. [We Make Money Not Art]

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Very cool but not necessarily novel. Back in the old days people used an engine to power the washing machine, water pump, wood saw and any number of things by just adding belts or a PTO.