Open Source 3-D Printing from OpenMoko

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OpenMoko, a developer of open source mobile devices, is offering its phone case CAD files to the world. With these files and a 3-D printer, anyone can make plastic parts for their mobile phone. Users will be able to customize handsets to unique specifications.

“We want people to create their own flesh for their phone,” said Steve Mosher, VP of marketing at OpenMoko.

OpenMoko CAD files are available under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license.

In the past, said Mosher, creating a unique plastic part might cost a $100,000. “But today, with desktop manufacturing, you can build parts on your desktop for $3,500,” he said.

The cost of 3-D printers is a factor that may inhibit home molding of plastic parts. Low-end commercial printers sell for around $20,000 but a cheap non-commercial unit like Fab@Home Project Model 1 costs about $2,500. 3-D printing is being compared to the revolution of desktop publishing in the 1980’s. As prices of software and hardware are lowered, more people are expected to make augmentations for mobile devices at home.

Last year, OpenMoko released its Neo 1973 handset for developers; the phone is currently sold out. The company’s first consumer release, the Neo FreeRunner ($450), is slated for release sometime this spring. A $600 advanced version for developers is also planned.

OpenMoko is an independent subsidiary of FIC, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The company was founded on the premise that devices should be completely open. “The thought was that if you freed the software up to people outside the company, you’d unleash an army of Davids, who had at least as much imagination as people inside the company,” said Mosher. “The makers of things that are outside the company will help us create insanely great products.”

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  • http://www.irishmillionaire.com Mike

    Thanks great news…

  • http://www.mobilparca.com parcakontor

    hi… i wait everybody i1907kahveci@hotmail.com

  • http://tony.abou-assaleh.net Tony A.A.

    Good to see useful things come out of Yahoo!. Hopefully this will improve Hadoops efficiency and lead to a wider adoption in industry and academia.

  • Joe Bauers

    TechCrunch + Anything remotely technical = COMEDY!

    • Some

      I will have to agree.

      Guys, look at how you introduce Hadoop vs how Wikipedia introduces it.

      Techcrunch – Hadoop is free Java software framework born out of an open-source implementation of Google’s published computing infrastructure and fostered within the Apache Software Foundation.

      Really? Hadoop is a Java framework which is an implementation of Google’s computing infrastructure?

      Wikipedia – Apache Hadoop is a free Java software framework that supports data intensive distributed applications. It enables applications to work with thousands of nodes and petabytes of data. Hadoop was inspired by Google’s MapReduce and Google File System (GFS) papers.

      • Hunt

        word.
        techcrunchit fails again :)

  • http://www.emtain.tv Björn Wilmsmann

    From a developer’s point of view, Yahoo is just an amazing company, having released stuff like BOSS, YUI and contributing to projects like Hadoop.

  • http://www.gadget-hero.com hero

    let’s hope it will be useful …

  • http://www.irishmillionaire.com Mike

    thank you i got an email irishmillionaire.com

  • aa

    leena…

    you do realize that hadoop was open source already, right?

    the same as nutch, and lucene…

    but i’m willing to bet you have no idea how any of it works….!!!

    jeeze…

    • Dan

      I believe her post was referring to the specific Yahoo distribution of Hadoop:

      “As a service to the Hadoop community, we are releasing the Yahoo! Distribution of Hadoop — a source code distribution that is based entirely on code found in the Apache Hadoop project. “

  • http://www.cloudheads.net Wil Sinclair

    So does anyone know exactly what they’re OS’ing, then? Is there something online already?

    ,Wil

  • kg

    Seriously, this article is BS. Writer knows nothing about hadoop. I was in the hadoop summit and statements like “Yahoo hasn’t been doing much in the cloud computing space” makes me wonder how these writers think

  • deb

    Leena Rao , do you gave any idea what is happening in cloud computing? don’t write stupid comment

  • http://www.toplinkworld.com ayme

    well it seems a great application, but the name leaves to be desired…hadoop

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