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Get Your Stuff Made!. Open Hardware Manufacturing. Photo Sources: Wikipedia, Seeed Studio, Adafruit Industries, SparkFun. About. DangerousPrototypes.com A new open hardware project every month Available from Seeed Studio Batches of 100-500 Ian

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Get Your Stuff Made!

Open Hardware Manufacturing

Photo Sources: Wikipedia, Seeed Studio, Adafruit Industries, SparkFun

slide2

About

DangerousPrototypes.com

  • A new open hardware project every month
  • Available from Seeed Studio
  • Batches of 100-500

Ian

  • Started as a maker posting at Instructables.com
  • Feature writer at DIY Life and Hack a Day blogs
slide3

Why Manufacture Open Hardware?

Community

  • Firmware
  • Software
  • Documentation

Hardware Hackers

  • Etch PCBs
  • Solder parts
  • Program chips
  • Essential to thriving open hardware community
  • How to get started?
slide4

Get Your Stuffs Made

  • Licensing
  • Full outsourcing
  • Contract manufacturing
  • DIY assembly
slide5

Licensing (The Easy Way)

You

Them

  • Front the cash, take the risk
  • Manufacturing and testing
  • Inventory management
  • Sales (a website)
  • Fulfillment (pack & ship)
  • Returns
  • Wholesale
  • Support users
  • Get 10% of profits royalty
  • Little control over the quality of your 'brand‘
  • Few options to expand
  • Only the top designs make the cut
slide6

Fulfillment (Get Your Feet Wet)

You

Them

(Dangerous Prototypes)

  • Support users
  • Front the cash,

take the risk

  • Inventory management
  • Wholesale
  • Concentrate on design,

but still in charge of

building business

(Seeed Studio)

  • Manufacturing and testing
  • Sales (a website)
  • Fulfillment (pack & ship)
  • Returns
slide7

Contract (Big Time)

You

Them

  • Front the cash,

take the risk

  • Inventory management
  • Sales (a website)
  • Fulfillment (pack and ship)
  • Returns
  • Wholesale
  • …Almost everything
  • Assemble boards
  • Return complete

widgets

Maybe :

  • Part/PCB sourcing
  • Testing
slide8

DIY Assembly (Indie Tech)

You

Them

Everything!

By hand: Small volume and kits

  • Nanode
  • Teho Labs’ Arm Dev-boards

Pick and place: We like cool machines

    • Adafruit, SparkFun
slide9

What goes in a

production

package?

The Guts of Getting Stuff Made

slide10

Package of Materials

  • PCB files / Gerbers
  • Partlist
  • Firmware / Software
  • Test plan
  • Prototype
  • Copy
slide11

Board Files and Gerbers

  • Your PCB and part placement
  • Cadsoft Eagle
  • Gerber files
slide12

Board Files and Gerbers

  • Your PCB and part placement
  • Cadsoft Eagle
  • Gerber files
slide14

Partlist/BOM (stuff on the board)

  • Bill of materials
      • Common
slide15

Partlist/BOM (stuff on the board)

  • Bill of materials
      • Specific
slide16

Partlist/BOM (stuff on the board)

  • Bill of materials
    • Common
    • Specific
  • Try to use a standard partlist that most distributors stock
slide17

Firmware and Software

  • Anything that goes into your chip
    • HEX, SVF, BIN, etc
  • Programming instructions and utilities
slide18

Test Plan

  • Quick and easy way to test the hardware
  • As automated as possible
  • Think about it early
slide19

Prototype

(Bus Pirate v3)

slide20

Copy

  • Sell your widget
  • No crap, lots of facts
  • Good (action) pictures
slide21

Take Home

What do I need to get my stuff made?

How does open hardware get made?

  • Licensing
  • Fulfillment
  • Contract manufacturing
  • DIY assembly
  • Design files (Gerbers/Eagle/etc.)
  • Prototype
  • Partlist/BOM
  • Programming files and software
  • Test plan
  • Copy