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Creating Open Source Electronic Hardware with Open Source Software

Emerging Topics
Location: D137 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

Open source hardware is an emerging field that remixes the traditions from amateur radio, homebrew computing, model building, and do-it-yourself projects. Information on how to create these projects is now widely available on the Internet through web sites like MAKE magazine and Instructables.

The software used to design electronics, however, is often the missing link between open source hardware designs and their wider distribution and replication. Although there are popular freeware and shareware CAD programs available, there is also an active Open Source CAD community.

This talk shows a complete example of using open source CAD software to create a truly open design, a high-speed photography rig that is sold through the MAKE Store. The tools and techniques used to design and build this open product are shown. While every attempt was made to use existing open source CAD software in every phase of development, there are a few gaps, and these are discussed.

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Tom Anderson

Keysight Technologies

Tom Anderson works as a design automation scientist for Agilent Technologies. His current work project is to invent new circuit simulation capabilities for Agilent engineers. On his own time he builds electronics projects and is an author for MAKE magazine, and creates Open Source Hardware for Quaketronics.

OSCON 2008