For several years I have been working an open source electronics project sharing site with the goal of making it as easy as possible to replicate a electronics projects: kitspace.org.
My frustration with open source hardware, as it stands, is that you often you are not actually given the information needed re-build a given hardware design. When you are, it can be a very tedious process to gather and buy all required components. It’s understandable since most project sharing platforms are focused on the social side and don’t make this any easier for project creators.
Our approach with Kitspace has been:
- A browser extension, called 1-click BOM, that automates putting all necessary components into shopping carts.
- Prominent links to download manufacturing files (Gerbers) or send them straight across to a service to order
- Other tie-ins, such as export to a Gerber inspection tool, price comparison, and most excitingly and newly added: interactive assembly guides for KiCad and EAGLE projects (through a 3rd party open source tool called Interactive HTML BOM). (E.g. a DIY particle detector that was featured on Lobsters a few months ago).
It’s an open source project developed on Github (uses React/Node.jS, also Go/Gitea for v2). We are a small and friendly dev team and could always use more help, come chat to us on IRC/Matrix.org.