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The Meaning Of Open Hardware

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The Meaning Of Open Hardware by Nudel_P Sep 20, 2012

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The problem with that?  The Tangibot (Replicator clone) failed.  It never received enough funding and does not (and never has) exist.

Makerbot should welcome this challenge.  This is the first real test of opensource technology that I am aware of.

We have known all along that anybody could take an open source design and have thousands built overseas for a much lower price.  The open source pioneers have claimed that by staying small and dynamic, they can improve their products faster than a company relying on factories in China.  Now is their chance to prove it.

Is Mike Strong a jerk for doing this?  Absolutely, but this was inevitable.  The fact is, by making all of their designs open source, Makerbot has issued an open challenge to the world of big manufacturing, and someone finally took it.  Their job is to respond by putting out something that makes Strong's product and tooling completely obsolete.  If Makerbot's business model actually works, then this shouldn't even make them break a sweat.

Will Makerbot's brand loyalty and lightning fast innovation beat out Strong's 500 dollar price drop?  Stay tuned next time to find out.

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Dealywhopper on Sep 22, 2012 said:

Makerbot should welcome this challenge.  This is the first real test of opensource technology that I am aware of.

We have known all along that anybody could take an open source design and have thousands built overseas for a much lower price.  The open source pioneers have claimed that by staying small and dynamic, they can improve their products faster than a company relying on factories in China.  Now is their chance to prove it.

Is Mike Strong a jerk for doing this?  Absolutely, but this was inevitable.  The fact is, by making all of their designs open source, Makerbot has issued an open challenge to the world of big manufacturing, and someone finally took it.  Their job is to respond by putting out something that makes Strong's product and tooling completely obsolete.  If Makerbot's business model actually works, then this shouldn't even make them break a sweat.

Will Makerbot's brand loyalty and lightning fast innovation beat out Strong's 500 dollar price drop?  Stay tuned next time to find out.

TheMakerGuy on Sep 21, 2012 said:

First of all this is a nice cartoon. It gets the point across. But the problem I see is that it is taken out of context and really just gets your point across which is really not at all the truth. It would be better if you made it reflect reality. So lets see. Frame 1 should not use the word borrow. It should say something like can I buy 20,000 arduinos from you to help your business grow and for use in a 3D Printer. Win-Win! Frame 2 whould be Adrian would you like to invest with me and bring 3D printers to the masses? Frame 3 should be: Here are 3 Open Source 3D Printers, please use and improve, I have brought 3D Printers to the masses, promise kept. Frame 4 should be with Matt Strong and Bre with Matt holding a Tangibot and Bre saying OI!. Frame 5 should be Bre rethinking Makerbot to compete with the Matt Strongs of the world otherwise there will be no more Makerbot and with that no more Thingiverse. Hey can anyone derive this cartoon and make it like it should be? Thanks!

diabeetusman on Sep 27, 2012 said:

The problem with that?  The Tangibot (Replicator clone) failed.  It never received enough funding and does not (and never has) exist.

timmmmyboy on Sep 21, 2012 said:

It'll be great when you all actually leave the Thingiverse instead of just posting pictures and high-fiving each other. Can we get back to using this site for it's intended purpose? Thanks.

andrewupandabout on Jul 22, 2013 said:
Nudel_P on Sep 21, 2012 said:

I have no beef with thingiverse, apart from it being run by a now closed sourced company still flaunting open source and encouraging sharing. That's just two faced.

TheCase on Sep 20, 2012 said:

take your beef with Makerbot elsewhere.  What a mess.

TheMakerGuy on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Welcome to the world of Tangibot!

sgrover on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Thank you for wrecking Thingiverse for the rest of us the last couple of days.  I'm not going to get into the political issue of who is right/wrong, but your ranting is childish.  And with regards to Thingiverse, I believe it is unfounded.  Please stop destroying the experience for others and allow us to get back to seeing actual objects being made instead of this stupid DDOS type attack.  I do believe you are treading fine line between "objecting" and/or "trolling", and dare I say it - slander, libel, and harassment.  And no, you do not need to educate me on what open source is, or the nature of this license.  I've been in the open source world (and an advocate for it) for a very long time, and I have actually read the license and have come to a different conclusion than you.

sgrover on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Nudel_P - I apologize to you - my frustrations are not with you directly.  I saw your link to Josef Pruza and thought I was responding to him and that he had posted multiple items regarding this point.  I apologize to Josef as well if he only had the one post, though I haven't confirmed that yet.

ahmetcemturan on Sep 20, 2012 said:

That post is actually about Makerbot going closed ssource and, Makerbot doingf so as if they invented down to the people 3D printing...  All they have done is gather a package that the crowd had done research for...

eried on Sep 20, 2012 said:

And... where we can share models now?

garyacrowellsr on Sep 20, 2012 said:

tea[tempest]pot

bottleworks on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Spot on!

carlosgs on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Caution, they may now sell t-shirts with this comic in their physical store ;-)

MoonCactus on Sep 21, 2012 said:

Excellent remark :D

idolcrasher on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Funny!

hugokernel on Sep 20, 2012 said:

Very good comics and quote !

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