Sepp Hasslberger: Open Modular Hardware

Categories: Hardware
Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

How to localise manufacturing – go modular and build for re-use…

How to Make Everything Ourselves: Open Modular Hardware

Reverting to traditional handicrafts is one way to sabotage the throwaway society. In this article, we discuss another possibility: the design of modular consumer products, whose parts and components could be re-used for the design of other products. Initiatives like OpenStructures, Grid Beam, and Contraptor combine the modularity of systems like LEGO, Meccano and Erector with the collaborative power of digital success stories like Wikipedia, Linux or WordPress.

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Jan 6

Facebook Open Source Hardware $140B and Rising

Categories: Hardware
Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon

How Facebook is eating the $140 billion hardware market

It started out as a controversial idea inside Facebook. In four short years, it has turned the $141 billion data-center computer-hardware industry on its head. Facebook’s extraordinary Open Compute Project is doing for hardware what Linux, Android, and many other popular products did for software: making it free and “open source.”

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Jun 17

Jean Lievens: YouTube (26: 10) Open Hardware for the Environment – Cesar Harada from MakerBay

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Jun 16

Sepp Hasslberger: MacroFab – The Open Source Hardware Factory

Categories: Hardware
Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

This factory is collecting together and testing all the technologies needed for future widespread local manufacturing of … everything.

Making Hardware Is a Total Pain. But Not in This Factory

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What Church really wanted was for manufacturing to work more like cloud computing, where you can simply request the resources you need through the web. He wanted to be able to upload his designs to a manufacturer, get a quote automatically, and, when the time comes, order a batch of prototypes with a push of a button, instead of having to spend hours and hours going over spreadsheets with sales reps. That didn’t exist, so, along with electrical engineer Parker Dillmann, he started a factory called MacroFab that lets hardware designers do just that.

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May 23