In a world where science is most often practiced in isolated labs, gaining access to the primary tools is of great importance to many independent researchers. The emergence of peer production and open source communities are bound to break these boundaries. In places like FabLabs we now have the infrastructure to collaborate on open design on a global scale and the machinery to build nearly anything we want. Still, there are many hurdles to overcome before Open Hardware will become mainstream.
In our BioHack Academy program we aimed to tackle these hurdles in a hands-on way, since the course is entirely designed around the use of Open Hardware. Over the past couple of years we’ve seen people replicating the designs independently all over the world. Especially the sterile hood, an essential tool in every biolab, seems to be popular among biohackers in Australia, Japan, Brazil and the US alike. From these interactions we’ve learned a great deal on how to make Open Hardware projects work. Here are 5 lessons to make your own open hardware project succeed too:
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