Maker movement and open hardware

The world is ours to make: The impact of the maker movement presented in several videos. Maker movement and open hardare are keys to many today’s hardware innovations.


What Is Open Source Hardware?

Open Source Hardware Explained – EEVblog #195

Meet the Makers: Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries


WHY DO OPEN HARDWARE? – Limor Fried @ Open Hardware Summit


The RepRap project: an open source/open hardware movement for 3D-printing



  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    UPDATED: Scampaign Alert: Beware of Crowdfunders Re-Labeling Already Made Products

    Recently we have had discussions with several people about a problematic issue with rewards based crowdfunding. Some campaign creators may be finding products on Alibaba, repackaging them and launching crowdfunding campaigns posing as new creations. Is this illegal? Probably not. Is it wrong. Yes – definitely.

    This is an area that all backers and platforms need to take a closer look at.

    Crowdfunding is NOT a store. It is always buyer beware. Every backer must perform their own due-diligence prior to putting money into a project that may not end up being what it appears to be.

    As for crowdfunding platforms, hopefully they will update their review process to eliminate crappy campaigns that are little more than a marketing effort and a new package. That is simply wrong.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ask Hackaday (And Adafruit): The New CEO Of MakerBot

    Just a few years ago, MakerBot was the darling of the Open Hardware community. Somehow, in the middle of a garage in Brooklyn, a trio of engineers and entrepreneurs became a modern-day Prometheus, capturing a burgeoning technology into a compact, easy to use, and intoxicating product. A media darling was created, a disruptive technology was popularized

    since then the reputation of MakerBot has fallen through the floor, crashed through the basement

    MakerBot took creations from their 3D object hosting site, Thingiverse, and patented them. The once-Open Source line of 3D printers was locked up behind a closed license.

    If you’ve ever wanted to ask a CEO how they plan to stop screwing things up, this is your chance. Adafruit is looking for some direction for their interview/listening meeting, and they’re asking the community for the most pressing issues facing the 3D printing community, the Open Source community, and MakerBot the company.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Rise of Hardware: A PCH Hackathon

    When they host a hackathon, they gather local sponsors and provide the tools and resources for the entrants to actually develop a working prototype in less than 54 hours, that they then can pitch to a panel of judges to win some awesome prizes. Did we mention it’s free to register? The next one is in London, England.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Easy Laser Cut Case Design

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
    While most crowdfunded hardware products ship months late due to logistics and manufacturing challenges, the instances of outright fraud are rare

    Between Kickstarter’s frauds and phenoms live long-delayed projects
    Despite its complications, crowdsourcing enables diverse creators, outperforms VC funding.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Maker Faire Kansas City: Entrepreneurial Spirit Taking Shape

    One of the great things about an event like the Kansas City Maker Faire is that there are so many reasons that makers sign up to show their things. Some makers come to teach a skill, and others to sell their handmade creations. Those with an entrepreneurial streak looking to launch a product might rent a booth to get a lot of eyes on their idea.

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Move Over Gucci; Laser Cut Handbags Are a Thing

    What happens when you want to make a custom handbag with some handy tech features, and have access to a nice laser cutter? You end up doing what [Christian] did: design a assemble a Woman’s Handbag made of Laser-Cut Leather with iPhone charger and LED Light.

    The design of the bag was made in Adobe Illustrator and sent off to a Epilog Legend 36EXT laser cutter located in the hackerspace located near [Christian] in Vienna. Once the parts were precision cut, traditional leather sewing methods were used to assemble the handbag (with a little help from a shoe cobbler).

    Woman’s Handbag made of Laser-Cut Leather with Phone charger and LED Light

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Want to Create a FabLab in your Garage? Start by Joining your Hackerspace

    For many hardware enthusiasts, it’s hard to stop imagining the possibilities of an almighty fablab in our garage — a glorious suite of machines that can make the widgets of our dreams. Over the years, many of us start to build just that, assembling marvelous workbenches for the rest of us to drool over. The question is: “how do we get there?”

    Ok, let’s say we’ve got a blank garage. We might be able to pick up a couple of tools and just “roll with it,” teaching ourselves the basics as we go and learning from our mistakes. With enough endurance, we’ll wake up ten years later and realize that, among the CNC mill, lathe, o-scope, logic analyzer, and the graveyard of projects on the shelves–we’ve made it!

    “Just rolling with it,” though, can squeeze the last bits of change out of our wallets–not to mention ten years being a long journey while flying solo the whole time. Hardware costs money. Aimless experimentation, without understanding the space of “what expectations are realistic,” can cost lots of money when things break.

    These days, the internet might do a great job of bringing people together with the same interest. But how does it fare in exchanging the technical know-how that’s tied directly to tools of the trade?

    Ruling out forums for taking our first baby steps, where can we find the “seasoned gurus” to give us that founding knowledge? It’s unlikely that any coffee shop would house the local hardware guru sippin’ a joe and taking questions. Fear not, though; there are places for hackers to get their sustenance.

    Enter the hackerspace. With coffee mugs and doilies replaced with soldering irons and 3D printers, these places are scattered worldwide and filled with tinkerers and DIY-enthusiasts drawn to the same machines. Hackerspaces put a roof over the heads of local hackers, bring in a few tools, and roll out projects.

    Hackerspaces give us something that the internet and our empty garages just can’t: a foreground of tools and a background of “after-hours” engineers who can show us how to use them. If you’ve never taken a chunk out of aluminium with a spinning endmill, the Hackerspace might be the right place to do it. First, we don’t have the up-front cost of paying for the machine ourselves. Second, given some machine time, we now have the opportunity to learn how to use it properly.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Open Source Hardware Certification Announced

    Last weekend was the Open Hardware Summit in Philadelphia, and the attendees were nearly entirely people who build Open Source Hardware. The definition of Open Source Hardware has been around for a while, but without a certification process, the Open Hardware movement has lacked the social proof required of such a movement; there is no official process to go through that will certify hardware as open hardware, and there technically isn’t a logo you can slap on a silkscreen layer that says your project is open hardware.

    Now, the time has come for an Open Hardware Certification. At OHSummit this weekend, the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) announced the creation of a certification process for Open Source Hardware.

    Open Hardware is well defined, but as with any kind of license, there are questions about what happens when things that aren’t open hardware are integrated into a project. The largest problem facing any Open Hardware project is the parts outside of the creator’s control.

    Open Source Hardware Certification Version 1

    This is version 1 of an official certification for open source hardware housed in the Open Source Hardware Association. It outlines the purpose and goals of such a certification, and establishes the mechanisms for the operation of the certification process itself.

    Primary Goals

    Make it easier for the public to identify open source hardware.
    Expand the reach of open hardware by making it easier for newer members to join the open source hardware community.


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