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

Worth a Look: Open Source Ecology

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Open Source Ecology is accelerating the growth of the next economy – the Open Source Economy – an economy that optimizes both production and distribution – while promoting environmental regeneration and social justice. We are building the Global Village Construction Set. This is a high-performance, modular, do-it-yourself, low-cost platform – that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes – to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts.

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May 13

Jean Lievens: Makerspace the Next Open Source Frontier

Categories: Hardware
Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

The makerspace is the next open source frontier

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In this brave new world of heterogeneous projects that combine hardware, software, printed, cloud, and other pieces, we are going to see an cacophony of different tools for building these different parts of an idea and project. We have GitHub for collaborating around code, Thingiverse for 3D models, Trello for project management and coordination, Moqups and Balsamiq for user interface design, specific toolkits for building drivers and integrating with sensors, and more.

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Apr 17

Jean Lievens: 3D Printing Market — and Superficial True Costs — Rising

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

3D Printing Market Tops $3.3 Billion, Expands by 34% in 2014

If you’re wondering about the health of the market for 3D printers and 3D printing technology, put your thoughts at ease.  Market research firm Canalys says almost 133,000 3D printers were shipped around the world during 2014, and that represents a whopping 68% increase over the calendar year 2013.

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Apr 4