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The Maker Manifesto: What are you going to do?

open source and the maker movement

This month marks nine years since O'Reilly Media launched Make magazine, which was the first time many who had already been "makers" for some time started using that term. A year later, Maker Faire launched as a place for them to share their creations. Last year 100 Maker Faires were held in on five continents with 530,000 attendees. And 2006 was also the year that TechShop was founded to give those makers a place to have access to industrial tools they otherwise likely wouldn't be able to use, from CNC mills and lathes to laser cutters and welding tools. » Read more

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Does open design hardware have a place in manufacturing?

Does open design hardware have a place in manufacturing?

Do you remember HeathKit? The company that sold circuit board and resistor kits you could assemble to make your own electronics?

Building a HeathKit was no great feat of engineering—it came with a fixed list of parts and the schematic—but it helped you understand how electronics work by letting you assemble your own electronic products. And back in the day, a well-built HeathKit radio was every bit as good as the store-bought ones. » Read more

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Electronic resurrection through open source

Over at Make: Online last week, Phillip Torrone posted "If You're Going to Kill It, Open Source It!"--his wish list of dead products that he'd like to see given to an open source community for new life. It's a great suggestion--freeing the knowledge that went into a product gives it a little life after death and could give a unprofitable or seemingly useless project a better reason for existence. » Read more

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