Fri, 2013-12-13 16:35

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.

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