Facebook Open Source Hardware $140B and Rising

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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

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