* Master Thesis The Potential of Open Design for eco-efficient product development. Submitted by Mahdi Gheshlaghi, 2013.
The Openknit project is a Reprap-inspired, open source hardware knitting machine that can produce an adult-sized garment from yarn and a digital file in about an hour. The project includes plans for the machine, free/open software for designing clothes, and a promise to deliver STL files so you can print out the parts on
William Shakespeare is credited with coining the term 'luggage' in Henry IV in 1597. It took over 400 years before someone figured out it would be easier if the cases had wheels. (The first wheeled carry-on was sold in 1970.) But it's only taken four years for a designer to build a case to carry a foldable 3-D printer.
Open source hardware is increasingly making the news but could it change the world? Andrew Back takes a look at five projects which just might bring about that change