Open collaborative design/Intro

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Open collaborative design involves applying the highly successful free and open-source software methodologies to the design of machines and systems in the physical world. Designs are licensed in such a way that they are freely available for anyone else to make use of or build upon. New generations of collaborative CAD programs will allow people to choose from vast libraries of previously created components, assemblies and complete artifacts and easily evolve them further or customise them for their own use.

These design principles can apply to the simplest things that can be made by individuals and groups, all the way up to large-scale and complex systems of national and global infrastructure. Because the designs are not closed and proprietary people will be encouraged to contribute knowing their involvement not only benefits themselves but anyone else who chooses to use the results of their efforts.

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