CHAPTER 17

How to Make a Million Dollars of Value

As we discussed in Chapter 12, digital manufacturing technologies, such as 3D printing, have matured a lot (Gershenfeld, 2005)—to the point where you can use them in your living room or at least your garage, no matter where you live (Pearce et al., 2010). There has been an exponential rise in designs for hardware released under open-source Creative Commons licenses or placed in the public domain (Wittbrodt et al., 2013). This enables you to take advantage of a new paradigm: distributed manufacturing of all kinds of products released under free licenses that we call free and open-source hardware (FOSH). The availability of these designs has a large value to those with access to digital manufacturing ...

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