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Offline dunkTopic starter

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open source PCBs.
« on: January 01, 2009, 08:25:13 PM »
anyone seen these guys:
http://www.seeedstudio.com/

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About Open Souce PCBs

People are making various shields and boards, which is expensive ran by someone alone. Not like the code in sourceforge which everybody can download and copy, open source hardwarer often stop to hesitate before PCB making. However, most of the designs are contributed to the community under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike licenses. So, how about make and share the PCBs in an more effective way?


basically cheap PCB manufacture for Open PCB designs.
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/propaganda-pcb-service-for-open-source-works-p-111.html
i'm considering using them for the Open RC system i'm working on.


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Re: open source PCBs.
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 08:42:56 PM »
They're fine if you don't mind sharing your design with other people . Also , they probably only order PCBs when a panel is full - so it may take a while for the panel to be filled up. Double check with SeedStudio about the panel thing
Check out the Roboduino, Arduino-compatible board!


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Re: open source PCBs.
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2009, 08:46:22 PM »
It's a nice idea.... as far as your ideas aren't exploited commercially...
I don't mind people sharing my designs... I mind companies having big bucks from them....
If I design something that is worth exploiting ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: open source PCBs.
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2009, 05:33:55 PM »
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they're fine if you don't mind sharing your design with other people .
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It's a nice idea.... as far as your ideas aren't exploited commercially...
I don't mind people sharing my designs... I mind companies having big bucks from them....
well that's whole point of Open Source. anyone can use it. big companies either have to embrace it and make it better or avoid it.
all the software i use at home and most of the software i use at work is open source.

nice to see an Open hardware idea. i'm not saying it's practical for every project, just interesting.

take the original IBM compatible PC as an example of open standards at work,
there were loads of PC companies on the go at the time but IBM realised that if they made a platform that anyone could be compatible with they would set an industry standard of which they would have a large share. PCs are still called "IBM compatible" to this day and it's only recently that IBM have decided to duck out of a market they would never had a piece of if they had followed every other company's logic.


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