This is the first hands-on guide to the entire process of designing and manufacturing open source hardware. Drawing on extensive personal experience with DIY, maker, and hardware hacking projects, industry-leading contributors share proven approaches to design, fabrication, manufacturing, troubleshooting, licensing, documentation, and running an open source hardware business.
Part I covers the emergence and evolution of open source hardware, what open source hardware licenses mean, and the growing role of standards in making hardware more open. Part II offers expert advice from author contributors on key tasks, ranging from creating derivatives to using source files. Part III turns to production, showing how to manufacture at multiple scales - from personal to commercial.
Appendixes provide valuable checklists for design, manufacture, security, and documentation. And to foster even more hands-on learning and experimentation, the low-cost Blinky Buildings open sources hardware kit is used as an example throughout.
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I’ve been going back and forth on starting a hardware company for the past year. This book had some amazing insights that I haven’t been able to gather anywhere else.