Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware.
Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.
The following are links to key public and private sector organizations fostering the growth of the Open Source Hardware and/or 'Maker' movements:
Numerous individuals, open source hardware groups, do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts, academic institutions, and companies are working on the development of 3D printers suitable for affordable desktop use in homes and small businesses. Examples of some notable 3D projects and solutions include:
• RepRap Project
- One of the longest running projects in the desktop 3D printer
category, The RepRap project aims to produce an 'open source' software
driven 3D desktop printer.
* Also, see the COSI 'Open' Solutions' YouTube playlist on Open Source Hardware
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Open Source Hardware in Healthcare