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Open design is the application of open source methods to the creation of physical products, machines and systems.[1] This approach promotes collaboration and sharing, allowing designs to be freely used, modified, and distributed.

For a great introduction see Stallman's essay "Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs"

Principles of Open Design[edit | edit source]

  1. Transparency: Designs and processes are openly shared, allowing anyone to contribute, modify, or use them.
  2. Collaboration: Encourages collective efforts to improve and innovate on existing designs.
  3. Accessibility: Makes design resources available to a wider audience, fostering inclusivity and diversity in creation.

Benefits of Open Design[edit | edit source]

  1. Innovation: Open design fosters innovation through collaborative efforts and diverse input.
  2. Cost-Effective: Reduces costs by sharing resources and knowledge.
  3. Sustainability: Promotes sustainable practices by reusing and improving existing designs.

Tools for Open Design[edit | edit source]

  • CAD Software: Open-source CAD tools like FreeCAD and OpenSCAD.
  • Collaboration Platforms: Websites like GitHub and Wikis for sharing and collaborating on designs.
  • CoCreate - CoCreate is a commercial "internet-based collaboration solution tuned to the specific needs of engineering teams. Clients, suppliers and team members can easily come together for online meetings and project reviews, visualize complex 3D designs and manage project documentation."[2]

Examples of Open Design Projects[edit | edit source]

  1. Hexayurt Project: A sustainable shelter design freely available for modification and use.
  2. RepRap: An open-source 3D printer project that has led to significant advancements in 3D printing technology.
  4. AT CAD Team

Online Resources and Communities[edit | edit source]

  1. Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA): Provides resources and support for open-source hardware projects.
  2. Open Source Ecology: Focuses on developing open-source industrial machines.
  3. Open Architecture Network[1] A platform for sharing architectural designs that address humanitarian needs.
  4. Open source hardware and design alliance
  5. Global Open Science Hardware

Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. Open design on an "Open Source wiki"
  2. It might be considered inappropriate to use commercial, non-free/open source software to develop open designs, but of course it depends whether there are practical alternatives.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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Authors Chris Watkins
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
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Aliases Open source hardware, Design, Portal:Design, Open Source Hardware, Open Design, Free and open-source hardware, Open-Source Hardware
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Created December 21, 2007 by Chris Watkins
Modified June 4, 2024 by Kathy Nativi
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