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gcc/binutils/etc : software engineering :: lindsay : mechanical engineering :: openbench : electrical engineering
Entire project consists of 6+ bench tools (definition here?) pretty much everything except a DMM (no point to doing it, so cheap) to create a platform for development, possibly speeding up the 'fab lab revolution' a bit
Tools are optimally available in 1-3 configurations : basic/low cost, better/medium cost, best/highest cost
I've been talkin' about this for 2 years now, and I expect it to take about 2 more years to get first revs done
Completely open source from mechanical (DXF), to hardware (schem, layout), to firmware (CPLD/microcontroller) to software. (Read more here)
either Creative Commons, GPL, MIT, BSD or a mix
Contains only out-of-patent or unpatented technology
Low cost, off-the-shelf, in production parts only.
DIP, PLCC, thruhole preferred. SOIC, 1206 passives and other large SMT "ok". No SSOP, QFP, LLP, uSOIC, etc.