The following is the first post by guest blogger Jeffrey Winters, associate editor at Mechanical Engineering magazine. Look for his posts weekly.
Last June, we brought you the story of Marcin Jakubowski, who with the help of an international team of collaborators was designing and building basic, open source machinery for use on farms or small-scale manufacturing. (See “Steam Punks,” June 2011.) On Sunday, Jakubowski’s story was updated on NPR’s Weekend Edition.
In the nine months since we’ve featured it, the Open Source Ecology group has hired on a number of project developers to design and build more pieces of its tool kit, and the Jakubowski and his colleagues have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund their work. It’s fun to see this scruffy bunch of amateur engineers actually succeed in, what a few years ago, seemed like a wild-eyed endeavor.
You can follow their progress at the Open Source Ecology blog.