The Infuriating Haphazard Release of OPEN SOURCE PROJECT X
- Based On Actual Events
An announcement is made by Project X's creators, "OPEN SOURCE Project X has been released, download the design files or buy a kit today!"
You, the industrious Maker lunge at the chance to... well... MAKE!
A quick read of preliminary documentation reveals that OPEN SOURCE Project X is made from Printed-Parts, Laser Cut Parts, Custom Machined Parts, and Vitamins.
Well well! You are in luck! You have a 3D printer, a laser cutter, and a lack of reasonable fear of fire!
You will have this thing built in no time!
Let's see here...
-Some but not all of the printed parts (STLs) can be found on Thingiverse.
-The missing printed parts can be found on Project X's github
-Project X's Github does not host the same STLs that Thingiverse does... Uh... moving on...
-The Laser Cut Parts (DXF files) are not on Thingiverse
-GitHub is hosting the LaserCut parts... for the previous generation of Project X...
-Uh... these will work with this generation?... These don't look like the pictures...
Custom Machined Parts:
-It is apparent that there are a few important custom machined parts being employed in OPEN SOURCE Project X
-No Schematic Drawings.
-No definitive descriptions on how one would make them, their shape or what they are made of.
-These bits don't look too complicated, but they are not for sale anywhere...
-What's a B.O.M.?
-These are the instructions for the previous generation of Open Source Project X... which were never finished/great to begin with...
Here is the Million Dollar Question, Intrepid Reader: IS OPEN SOURCE PROJECT X ACTUALLY OPEN SOURCE?
My Answer: HELL NO!
Hop On Over To The RepRap Forum and Voice Your Opinion:
1. Honestly, if you can't find all the design files for a piece of hardware in one place is that design actually open-source?
2. If there is no B.O.M, is that design actually open-source?
3. If the design uses custom part x, which is available nowhere, and there is no schematic (details) for part x... is that design actually open-source?
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