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Opensource Hardware & Local communities

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Cesare Montresor

on 29 March 2013

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Transcript of Opensource Hardware & Local communities

Opensource Hardware Collaborative way to develop product by sharing the know how DIY Do It Yourself Why bother yourself when you can buy it ? Enable people to have direct control on goods production Endurable Recyclable Modular
&
Reusable Cheaper Repairable The production of goods it's delegated to companies who have profit as first priority

...it's matter
of survival :( Planned obsolecence Cheapest
material Unrepairable goods Planned technological improvments Market driven investments Unethical
employment Makes sense only what economically makes sense It's fun! It's cheaper! It's interesting! ... and ...
it's a practical way to deliver a self sufficient and sustainable community It's useful! 3D Printer 3D printed guitar Tractor Microcontroller Brick compressor What we need ? (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication.

A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything".This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production. FabLab " " from wikipedia A community
FabLab Tools Know-How Come from the world community as "Opensource Hardware" Can be developed locally.
By sharing the know how globally, it's possible to receive, improvements from the world community It's basically design, instruction, bill of materials, required tools, and the theoretical knowledge build it. A public space where people can walk in and used the facilities in the same way people today get access to a public library. It's a general purpose, creative space where to develop practical and theoretical knowledge at the same time Key of success:
"Do what you can with what you have"

To start all you need it's a safe place with power (and internet) where to leave tools and materials. The Opensoruce Hardware
ecosystem provides design,
schematics and instructions for
making your own tools
and machinery. Flying drones People A FabLab it's a place where to share and developer knowledge among people.
Local expert, from different disciplines, can be called to participate and teach how to make things and how to use tools. It's a great opportunity for students to put in practice what they learned and give a sense to their study. It's a great opportunity for any one to reinvent them self, grow and develop new skill, it's peer learning from practical experience... it's fun as playing with lego, really :) Local needs The core needs of people are basically always the same:
Food & Water
Heat & Electricity
Housing
Transportation
Information Addressing the local need with a cheap, endurable and green solution will help the community to become self-sufficent and sustainable. Questions ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Advantages of the opensource model: Enthusiasm
vs
Protectionism Collaboration
vs
competition Crowdfunding
donors
supporters Spontaneous contributors:
testing
research
development ...just share
"your wheel" and allow the community to work for you ... for free :) The community My favorite project Opensource Ecology Open Discussion if you liked please join the next Wednesday
3rd April
Unity Pavilion
from 4:00 to 5:30pm
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