Top ten open source projects of 2011 Best of the Blog 2011 – Open Source The open source movement has come a long way since its beginning with computer software. Now we have open source electronic hardware, digital fabrication machines, and even farming equipment and houses. If it can be made, it can be open sourced. Here are our top ten articles about open source projects from 2011.
Oasys Software - Crowd Simulation Software from Oasys is the software of choice for engineers needing to simulate pedestrians and analyse crowds MassMotion 6.0 - Released and available for download MassMotion 6.0 is designed from the ground up to provide you with the tools and information you need to make your designs better. New analysis tools With MassMotion 6.0, users now have industry leading analysis tools to go with MassMotion’s highly regarded simulation tools. Using a high-performance database to store and retrieve simulation results, users can rapidly analyse designs using a variety of built in graphing, mapping and filtering tools. This system is highly scalable for large crowds and for simulations scenarios that cover multiple days.
The 16 Best Healthy, Edible Plants to Grow Indoors From farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture, to urban farms and rooftop gardens, to produce delivery services, more and more people across the U.S. are embracing farm-fresh food. And for good reason: Locally grown produce tends to be better for the environment and for local communities than its store-bought counterparts. Growing food at home also ensures that growers know exactly where their food comes from and how it was grown (no need to worry about deceptive food labeling). If you’re not whipping out the pruning shears yet, consider this: Learning new skills is good for our brains. Luckily, you don’t need to be a farmer (or even live near a farm) in order to reap the benefits of home-grown produce.
Case Study: Elementary School Library Makerspace Last week we were super impressed and inspired by the librarians we met at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference #alamw2015. To keep the good vibes flowing, this week we have a case study from teacher-librarian Collette J. who is using littleBits as a learning tool in her elementary makerspace. Read more about her experiences below: Download Case Study PDF Submit Your Own netfabb Basic netfabb Basic is available to anybody, it is free just like in free beer, and runs on Windows, Linux or Mac. netfabb Basic is not just a viewer, it provides mesh edit, repair and analysis capabilities to everyone already being or aspiring to become part of this fantastic, growing, creative, high-tech industry called Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping or 3D Printing. netfabb Basic is available and is just one click away. Its compact size of only a few megabytes allows a quick download, an easy installation and the handling of STL and slice files within seconds. Due to its highly modular design, netfabb Basic includes a variety of useful features while staying the fast and effective viewing application it is meant to be. netfabb Basic features the same user interface as netfabb Professional and the *.fabbproject file standard of netfabb Studio is identical in both Basic and Professional.
“The Open Source Ecology Steam Engine Project” by Mark Norton — #ohsummit September 27, 2011 AT 3:20 pm The final video I captured at the Open Hardware Summit was this interesting talk by Mark Norton. Mark is heading up the steam engine project of the Global Village Construction Set. Open-sourcing purely mechanical projects like engines is something which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, so this talk was really exciting to me. The idea, in the context of the GVCS, is to use this steam engine as a prime mover for a number of other tools, including electrical generators and pumps. Because of it’s simplicity, and the fact that it can be powered by pretty much anything that makes enough heat to boil water, it’s a very useful and versatile source of power.
10 KPIs for Architecture & Engineering Firms 10 Key Performance Indicators for Architecture and Engineering Firms Steve L. Wintner, AIA, Founder and Principal of Management Consulting Services Grow Fresh Vegetables Year Round Without A Garden Did you know that you can have a source of fresh vegetables that are available all year long without the need of a grocery store or garden? Read on to find out more… For those of you that may one day have to live exclusively off of your food storage, have you ever wondered what to do about the lack of fresh vegetables? Well if you’ve taken my advice and stored a year’s supply of grains and legumes, you already have an excellent source of fresh vegetables all year long – in your sprouted seeds!
Makey Makey Invention Kit for Everyone Make + Key = Makey Makey Would you enjoy playing a game of PacMan with carrots or tinkering with a set of play dough piano keys? If the answer is “yes,” then Makey Makey might be just the toy for you!