Entrepreneur, empowered

When people talk about the next disruptive technology, they usually stick to social networks, big data, or 3D printing in hardware domain.
However, I believe the next disruptive innovation is empowering people: make information more open & share-able, make networking more focused, and make "making" more accessible. When these people turn to entrepreneur, everything they bring out is disruptive.

A 3D print fixture to assist CMM inspection

Design for 3D Printing

Header photo: a 3D print CMM inspection fixture. Below discussions are applicable to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing, though some points may fit¬†Stereolithography¬†(SLA) . From today on, I would like to work on a serie of blogs, with the topic of Design for 3D Printing. There are numerous books and resources about design for manufacturing and assembly( DFM, DFA),…

Comparisons of software and hardware production

It is interesting to predict whether open hardware will evolve along the path of open source software. The production and reproduction steps may play important roles. Let’s check out production first. The production of software origins from source codes. But the core of the production process is the compiler. It coordinates the source codes, existing libraries or packages, and instructions…

What to include in a Request for Quotation (RFQ)

A Request for Quotation (RFQ) is used by buyers to invite suppliers to bid on a part or a project. This article explains the essential composition of an RFQ. Hope makers and hardware entrepreneurs can benefit from it and establish effective communication with suppliers. 1. Contact Information Name, telephone number, Fax, Email etc of buyer. Contact info of engineers/designers can…

Choose the right Free 2D CAD

This article is not a comprehensive description of what these tools are, what features they have, or where to get them, since most readers can get these information from their website easily. Instead, based on the experiences using all these software, I would give a list of key points you should consider when choosing a free CAD package to start…