Most of the heavy lifting to enable democratizing digital fabrication processes is done through open source software. Despite this, there are many challenges related to the uses of software across stages of the design and manufacturing workflow, for example, when transferring bits from design software to a 3D printer or a laser cutter, or even among software for the same purposes.
With this in mind, the Open Toolchain Foundation (part of the INTERFACER Project) organized a kick-off workshop at Fab City Hamburg. At the workshop, we discussed some of the possible work streams for the organization and ways to collaborate with other actors from the open software and hardware movements.
Some ways to be involved in this project are:
- Find out more about the Open Toolchain Foundation roadmap by visiting their new website.
- Join the conversation on Matrix via their channel at #opentoolchain:fabcity.hamburg
- The OTF prepared a Toolchain Survey to brainstorm new toolchains/workflows and ideas.