From Bits to Atoms and Back


In the last few years, open source hardware grew from an obscure hobby into a burgeoning movement. Although it initially referred mostly to electronic devices, it now includes creations as diverse as houses, cars, tractors, manufacturing machinery, reactive garments, scientific instruments, and toys. The application of the open source model to physical artifacts is facilitated by a drop in cost of machines that convert bits into atoms and atoms into bits: 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, and 3D scanners. Along with the communities and collaborative practices that surround them, open source hardware and digital fabrication tools are bringing digital creative practices into the physical world and encouraging people of all ages and walks of life to build and transform their physical environments.


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Grand Peninsula D - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 09:00 to 10:00