Specialty parts suppliers for open-hardware tools
[ @pearce2017 Emerging Business Models for Open Source Hardware ] Suggests that a possible business model for open hardware products is to provide specialty parts and tools. For example, even if a project is open hardware it may still require a crystal which is hard to grow, or parts in a material hard to source.
This can also be extended to a service, in which a company can provide custom designs to fit into the open-hardware tools.
When [ @pearce2017 Emerging Business Models for Open Source Hardware ] discusses this approach, however, I think he has no clarity regarding what an open-hardware tool can do, and what it actually means to build complex machines. What he inadvertely proposes is that open-hardware businesses can make a living of crucial, non-open parts.
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