With the rise of distributed manufacturing with 3D printing, the number of hardware designs released under free licenses is growing exponentially. These designs—ranging from Android phone accessories to prosthetic arms—can have an enormous value for those that want them.
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at 3D printing for NASA, the Banana Pi, adventures with the R language, and more! December 27, 2014 - January 2, 2015
In this recap, we look back at some of the biggest events in the open hardware community in 2014, including some highlights of the work of makers in 3D printing, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and more.
3D printing is all the rage. 3D printing changes lives. 3D printing is fun and amazing! We saw for ourselves this past spring when we held our first Open Hardware Day at Opensource.com. Here, we're printing a gear.
In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the Firefox OS streaming video, Arduino to sell 3D printers, and more!
The small town of Bethlehem, New York purchased a 3D printer and started teaching classes at its public library recently—jumpstarting the community's knowledge of advanced manufacturing and building upon a new way of doing things in a world where physical bookstores are dissappearing. It's true.... Read more
The best way to explain 3D printing to someone is to show them. But since Jeff Moe can’t carry around one of his Lulzbot 3D printers, he has taken to packing 3D-printed parts in his pocket so that he can show them off when he runs into people who aren't familiar with the concept. "A lot of time... Read more
Belief in a more collaborative process. Perseverence to make things better. Shared knowledge and access for all. These are the things that come to mind when I think about the work the e-NABLE community is doing. Though they're on a trajectory without a clear future, their vision is crystal. To... Read more
Following up on the recent review of the Maker's Manifesto, I ran across the book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson. Anderson is a former Editor in Chief of Wired and no stranger to the economic paradoxes of peer-production and open source. He has written about both in... Read more
Just a month ago, our geek wish of getting a 3D printer was granted: a Makerbot Replicator 2X arrived at our office. Since then we've been busy learning by trial and error about the possibilities and limitations of 3D printing. You can read my review of the Printrbot Simple Kit. So far, in short, I... Read more