What is Open Manufacturing?

February 27, 2017 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of "open manufacturing"

CNC Torch from Global Village Construction Set, one of the pioneers of “open manufacturing” / Copyright: Cantinarivolta, licensed under CC attribution share alike

What is “open manufacturing”? When I tried to look up the term in Wikipedia some months ago, I was surprised to find no entry on “open manufacturing”.  Nice opportunity to learn more about the term by writing the first stub with a group of people discussing the issue of “open manufacturing”…

Now its your turn: Help wikipedia explain the term! The current version of the article surely needs more editing, more examples, better references, more links etc. Here is the article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_manufacturing . You may also read the current version of the article as an embedded text below:

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Made in my backyard – by and for the world. third day of re:publica is starting

May 4, 2012 in Freedom to innovate, Freedom to learn, Open Source & Asia

 

Illustration of low cost prosthesis 1. Copyright, Author: Waag Society/Arne Kuilman 2012, licensed under a cc licence: Naamsvermelding 3.0 Nederland (CC BY 3.0 NL). Source: http://waag.org/en/project/low-cost-prosthesis

Illustration of low cost prosthesis 1. Copyright, Author: Waag Society/Arne Kuilman 2012, licensed under a cc licence: Naamsvermelding 3.0 Nederland (CC BY 3.0 NL). Source: http://waag.org/en/project/low-cost-prosthesis

Bas van Abel, head of the design lab at waag society, Netherlands had a great session where he spoke about empowering people and fixing our economy by moving to open peer-to-peer production communities. He gave examples of concrete work with miners in Congo, and prosthesis-makers in Indonesia.

Bas starts with a quote from Oscar Wild: “People know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” He then gets to the argument, that social values are interlinked with economical values: Baas asks us to look at building a relational system, with the core needs of openness and transparency. “We need transparent products, where we know how they were made, and if they were made under fair conditions.”

This may mean to roll back some economic beliefs like division of labour and ‘the invisible hand of a self-regulating markets’. Baas gives the example of mineral extraction in Eastern Congo for cell phone raw materials. See e.g. the documentary ‘blood in the mobile‘.

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