Open Source Laser Cutter Initiative - May 31, 2010
There's another initiative to develop an Open Source Laser Cutter: Those willing to help out financially can do so through Kickstarter. http://bit.ly/fundOSHWLaser
Needless to say, if you cannot help out financially, there are more direct ways such as contributing knowledge.
Note that this particular project is not formally affiliated with http://RepLab.org. We do, however, endorse development of open source hardware that will make fabrication technologies more accessible with the benefits of the systems being open and modular at many layers of their technology stack. Inherent benefits are that the technologies can be built upon to create new ones, implementations can be customized to fit a specific need and more rapid progress can be expected because of better allocation of human capital (due to voluntary self selection and being very open to external input).
This is also a good resource for those who want to build an open source Laser Cutter: http://www.buildlog.net/cnc_laser/index.php
There are many resources documenting DIY laser cutters, feel free to add good ones and to discuss how we can lower this barrier to production of production methods!
Very inspiring. An open source laser cutter is exactly the type of technology that can benefit from open-sourcing towards drastic price reduction. This will be a great contribution to open source economic development, and it appears that this effort is well under way. - Marcin