What you need to know how to make things.

Open Know-How is a community

of open hardware organisations and individuals setting new standards to expand knowledge, enable collaboration, and accelerate innovation in research, design and manufacturing.

With more know-how, more people will make more things. This is how we make it happen…

Promote
knowledge sharing

Distribute open, shareable, low-cost designs to advance science, inspire innovation and save lives.

Develop
open standards

Define open standards and specifications to make knowledge sharing fast, easy and accessible to all.

Increase
adoption

Inspire individuals to become real-world makers, and enable a thriving environment of innovation.

Documentation

Better designs created by all, shared with all. Step-by-step, industry-standard open hardware recipes to recreate, build on, or adapt as required.

Discoverable
Instant instructions to make anything as, when and where needed. Search for open hardware, regardless of where it resides.
Portable
Documents publishable in multiple formats. Cohesive data standards that are easy to use, freeing up time to make more things and help more people.
Interactive
Write once, circulate everywhere. Faster publishing with maximum reach, speeding up research and reproduction.
See the Open Know-How Specification

Machines & Tools

Machine mapping the world, enabling easy location of equipment and tools, models and makes.

Skills & People

Find skilled, local people instantly with access to a directory of high-quality makers.

Become a part of the Internet of Production Alliance

Materials

Find components locally, or source local alternatives: a global catalogue of materials at your fingertips.

Contracts

One single contract to decentralise mass manufacturing. Work with dozens - or hundreds - of local manufacturers on the same, agreed terms.

What people are saying...

Andrew Lamb
Field Ready Organisation

"Designs can be hard to find, and time spent re-creating designs yourself could be time spent on making things that really help people."

Michael Weinberg
Open Source Hardware Association

"Sometimes it can be hard for different open communities to communicate with one another. Standardization helps build a common language around openness, making it easier for everyone to contribute."

Join Open Know-How community