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Frequently-Asked Questions about Open-Source Hardware

What is open-source hardware?

From the 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 definition and statement of principles for more information.

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?