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=== What is open-source hardware? ===
 
=== What is open-source hardware? ===
  
From the [[OSHW | statement of principles]]: "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it."  See the [[OSHW | definition and statement of principles]] for more information.
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Our [[OSHW | statement of principles]] puts it like this: "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it."  
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Open-source hardware is also a growing community of companies, individuals, and groups designing and making lots of cool stuff! Some well-known examples include [http://www.arduino.cc/ Arduino] (an microcontroller development platform), [http://www.chumby.com/ Chumby] (a wifi device), [http://www.makerbot.com/ MakerBot] (a 3D printer) but see [[ | this question]] for more.  Open-source hardware developers gather at events like the [http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/ Open Hardware Summit] and on online forums like the [http://lists.openhardwaresummit.org/listinfo.cgi/updates-openhardwaresummit.org updates@openhardwaresummit.org mailing list].  They've ...
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We think open-source hardware is a great way to share knowledge and facilitate development of new products.  We hope this FAQ helps you understand what it's all about and whether it makes sense for you.
  
 
=== Why make hardware open-source? ===
 
=== Why make hardware open-source? ===

Revision as of 23:23, 24 August 2011

Frequently-Asked Questions about Open-Source Hardware

What is open-source hardware?

Our statement of principles puts it like this: "Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware's source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it."

Open-source hardware is also a growing community of companies, individuals, and groups designing and making lots of cool stuff! Some well-known examples include Arduino (an microcontroller development platform), Chumby (a wifi device), MakerBot (a 3D printer) but see [[ | this question]] for more. Open-source hardware developers gather at events like the Open Hardware Summit and on online forums like the updates@openhardwaresummit.org mailing list. They've ...

We think open-source hardware is a great way to share knowledge and facilitate development of new products. We hope this FAQ helps you understand what it's all about and whether it makes sense for you.

Why make hardware open-source?

What files should I share?

What are other best practices for open-source hardware?

Won't people rip me off?

Why aren't non-commercial restrictions compatible with open-source hardware?

Who makes open-source hardware?