Open source news roundup for October 16-29, 2016

3D-printed violins, a new tool from NASA, and more open source news

Open source news roundup for October 16-29, 2016
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In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a 3D-printed violin, a NASA tool for calculating orbital trajectories, and more.

Open source news roundup for October 16-29, 2016

11-year-old 3D prints working violin, starts violin 3D printing business

An 11 year old and his mother successfully 3D printed a working violin from open source plans. Printed in pieces and then assembled, the durable instrument is bound without glue of any kind. Intended for use with youth orchestras, the instrument will be priced at $250, a fraction of the typical $600. The violin's quieter sound makes it ideal for youth orchestras.

NASA's tool for calculating orbital trajectories now aids in spacecraft design

Computer-aided systems design is now available for both the private sector and other government agencies. NASA has released its Evolutionary Mission Trajectory Generator (EMTG) to give mission managers an automated tool for defining detailed steering directions to hard-to-reach interplanetary destinations.

Open source oncology software from Pitt, UPMC to speed genomic data sharing

Research institutions amass large data sets that can be difficult for the average researcher to access. Cancer research is especially data-dense. TCGA Expedition manages data from The Cancer Genome Atlas project utilizing continual download and processes. TCGA makes large data sets available to researchers who might not otherwise have the tools to access. TCGA Expedition project was open sourced in an effort to give researchers another tool to fight cancer.

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