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. 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 Product Development Method - Roadmap



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


  • Robust Design - [4]
  • From [5]

Collaboration Platforms