How to leverage open hardware to improve your research

About this video

Why is Open Source Hardware important? Did you know it offers fundamental advantages to the research community? Global open source evolution in technology has resulted in the democratization of digital manufacturing. There is thus an opportunity to harness these trends to improve science by supporting the development of free and open source hardware.

In this webinar, Dr Joshua Pearce will document how the open source model works for technical development and the potential future applications of this approach harnessing advanced material science. It will conclude with opportunities for importing the benefits of the open innovation model into any scientific field.

After watching the webinar, you will have a clear understanding on how to publish in the rapidly expanding open scientific hardware field. You will also find out how to leverage open hardware to fabricate custom scientific tools and how fabricating your own equipment can significantly reduce your costs.

About the presenter

Joshua M. Pearce

Editor-in-chief, HardwareX

Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He currently is the Richard Witte Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His group is known for creating open source high-quality research tools for a tiny fraction of the cost of commercial systems. He is the faculty advisor for the Michigan Tech Open Source Hardware Enterprise. He is the co-editor-in-chief of HardwareX, a journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware and the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.