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Open Hardware Toolchain Survey
  • It seems safe to assume that all of you
    are already familiar with the need to publicly document a project in
    order for it to qualify as open. The best method of doing that,
    however, is open for discussion and/or development.

    The Open
    Hardware Toolchain Survey is an attempt to uncover a basic list of
    user/developer requirements that can be contributed to the
    documentation discussion and, ultimately, lead to a new generation of
    collaboration tools. 

    would like to personally ask you to take 10-15 minutes to 
    your perspective

    and/or pass this request along to anyone you think might be
    interested. The compiled results of the survey will be made available
    and will also be used at the OSHWA's DocJam.

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  • In the open source software projects the distributed version control systems like "git" have shown very powerful in managing a large number of contributions. You can read up on "git" and "distributed revision control". In order to use such a system for open hardware there are two requirements:
    - the software (CAD model) must be scriptable in text form i.e. a script which consists of pure text and numbers and which must be human readable at least after some learning curve.
    - there must be a tool highlighting or visualizing the differences between two such scripts

    The CAD system turns such a script into 3D-geometry and 2D-drawings. At present time * know of 3 possible open source 3D-CAD tools that can be scripted in python.

    None of them is yet a perfect choice. FreeCad will probably become the best choice as soon the still missing assembly module will be finished. But this may still be many months away. Read this and this for more details.

    Check out also this post.


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