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February 19, 2009
News - When Open Source Goes Clo…
about 2 years ago
I have found that open source hardware and software market has been destroyed by those in foreign countries with cheap labor. They simply copy the open source hardware and software and compete with cheap pricing and zero support. In most cases they expect the open source community to support their products.
There are dozens of examples of 3D printer parts and in some cases complete printer clones that get sales because the customer thinks cheaper is just as good because Amazon or Ebay carry it.
The original company will not last long just supporting cheap clone knockoffs. Going close source with some proprietary technology will at least give them a fighting chance with the cheap clones.
I don't blame them for trying to survive.
No public wish lists :(