Open source hardware

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Open source hardware is defined by the Open Source Hardware Association as a term for tangible artifacts – machines, devices, or other physical things – whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things.[1]

Without restrictions

Releasing designs under a CC-BY-NC-SA licence, preventing commercial use of them is not compatible with the OSHW definition.[1][2][3]

Documentation must be easily obtainable, design files must be in CAD format and not in an intermediate format such as PDF.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0.
  2. ^ Open Source Hardware Licenses,, 17 May 2011
  3. ^ Freedom, open-source hardware, etc., Mutable Instruments forum, Sep. 2010

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