Open Source Product Development

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Open Source Product Development (OSPD) is the development of products (goods and services) that leverages open collaboration and clear documentation as a means to involve large numbers of distributed contributors in the development process. One of the main motivations is distribution of production - and 10x reduction of waste by 10x increase in product lifetime. The promise of lifetime design is created by the ability of users and local repair enterprises to fix and upgrade products - without throwing them out when a small component breaks. Open design is key to such an infrastructure.

The aim is to produce high quality products at low cost - and to make these products competitive on the open market - by involving sufficient collaboratory effort to make these products better and cheaper than proprietary competition. The 2 main keys to cost reduction lies in Open Design (zero development costs) and design for fabrication via open source micro factories in a scenario of Flexible Fabrication (reduced production costs).

Open Source Ecology's approach to mass-scale open source product development is introducing such work into STEM education, where students learn basic science and apply it to real products. This has the potential to transform global manufacturing towards local production, rebuilding broken economies worldwide.

Open Source Product Development Method - Roadmap

This is a high level description of the overall process:



  • Seminal paper on Open Source Appropriate Technology - Dr. Joshua Pearce - File:Osat.pdf
  • Industry Standards -


  • Robust Design - [4]
  • From [5]

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