The Meaning Of Open Hardware
by Nudel_P, published
NEW: Now with an stl file from Action68! Thanks :D
New link: hoektronics.com/2012/09/21/makerbot-and-open-source-a-founder-perspective/ (And follow-up link hive76.org/hoeken )
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Beta release: http://3dhacker.com/category/5...
The problem with that? Â The Tangibot (Replicator clone) failed. Â It never received enough funding and does not (and never has) exist.
Makerbot should welcome this challenge.Â 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.Â 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.Â Now is their chance to prove it.
Is Mike Strong a jerk for doing this?Â Absolutely, but this was inevitable.Â 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.Â Their job is to respond by putting out something that makes Strong's product and tooling completely obsolete.Â 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?Â Stay tuned next time to find out.
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