10. Physical Materials

Gabriella Levine

“People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”

—Alan Kay

Open source hardware pertains to industries that encompass multiple hardware platforms and a wide variety of physical components, tools, and materials. This chapter highlights numerous fields of open source hardware products in cross-disciplinary domains, including mechanical engineering, environmental preservation, disaster relief, and biotechnology. Some open source hardware products embrace multiple layers or types of hardware. When designing such products that combine multiple elements of design (i.e., mechanical fabrication, electronic design, and source code), there are some standard practices for releasing information ...

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