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Comment Re: The real reason (Score 1) 52 52

Combining different deposition technologies to manufacture items with multiple materials has been possible for quite some time. The problem is mostly with the patent system in the west. It's a patent minefield of obvious claims by patent holders that aren't even using the tech or are not interested in anything other than prototyping at slow print rates with very high profit margins on the materials. I expect an explosion of the tech in China or after a few more of the patents expire in the west.

Comment RadioBaba or AliShack (Score 1) 294 294

Too bad Alibaba didn't make an offer to buy their stores. They could stock them with the top 250 or so electronics gadgets that sell. They could also handle all the local returns or warranty issues. Oh well, it was nice while they lasted from the 60's as Allied Radio and as Radio Shack until the late 80's

Comment Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (Score 1) 229 229

The main cost in developing a laptop is the high cost of tooling for the injection molding. http://openlunchbox.com/ plans on rapidly printing laptop cases to get around this problem and making all the main components as modules. SLA resolution is in the sub-100 micron range vs well over 100 micron for FDM. It's also an order or two of magnitude faster.

Comment The "Engineers" really don't know how to design .. (Score 1) 325 325

..them to run cooler.

They don't teach thermal management to EE's or ME's. The two groups each work on their own portions of the laptop and then cram a heat pipe and fan assembly into the case that the heat pipe supplier says might work. Thermally conductive thermoplastics have been around for decades yet they never seem to make it into laptop enclosures. Some are more thermally conductive than aluminum and are are not too costly for them to be incorporated into the design.

There is a new open laptop project at Open Lunchbox starting up that intends to provide open reference designs for enclosures that use the enclosure as part of the cooling system.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 24 24

The main concern with most laptops is having to use closed binary drivers, closed binary firmware/BIOS and not having schematics. This project has all open source drivers, coreboot and schematics, PCB files and a BOM (bill of materials). They can use it the way they want and modify it if they wish.

Comment Re:It's about time. (Score 1) 24 24

This is not about mass market appeal to the average consumer. They buy whatever they are conditioned to purchase. This is for those people that understand and care about freedom and open source. This gives them the opportunity to modify, control and use their hardware the way they see fit.

Take a look at why, how and where people use Linux as an example of open source.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"

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