Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Custom Hardware Manufacturer

Perhaps something like this already exists.

It seems like hardware and manufacturing technologies (like 3D printing) are at a point where individual hardware designs can be created and mailed to somebody who will produce them for a reasonable price.

The costs of such a company could be mitigated by coupling non-disclosure agreements with customers in exchange for the cheaper prices.

The customer and others can use the company's website to build and design or submit hardware products to build. The company agrees not to withhold any product variants from production and sale, but can create and combine any other ideas they own.

Customers could have specific design power over their electronics for a reasonable price.

It is not as open as open source, but it is not as restrictive as the model we have now.

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