Apr 13

Kitnic

The concept of open hardware faces many challenges when compared with open software, which is highly collaborative. Kitnic is a registry of open hardware electronics projects that are ready for you to order and build. Their goal is to bring open hardware to the level we see with open software by providing a dynamic and collaborative process around electronics.

In four steps a new project is uploaded to maintain this ‘open’ source hardware mentality. By pairing a custom asset pipeline with GitHub and Netlify, Kitnic is able to build a place for open hardware to prosper.

Tools & Frameworks:

  • Babel
  • Browserify
  • React
  • GitHub
  • Ninja Build

Netlify Features used:

  • Rollbacks
  • Domain Registration
  • Git Integration
  • Web UI
  • HTTPS
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Kitnic

The concept of open hardware faces many challenges when compared with open software, which is highly collaborative. Kitnic is a registry of open hardware electronics projects that are ready for you to order and build. Their goal is to bring open hardware to the level we see with open software by providing a dynamic and collaborative process around electronics.

In four steps a new project is uploaded to maintain this ‘open’ source hardware mentality. By pairing a custom asset pipeline with GitHub and Netlify, Kitnic is able to build a place for open hardware to prosper.

A few words with Kaspar from Kaspar...

Could you tell us about your project?
Netlify
Kitnic.it is a sharing site for open hardware electronics projects. The aim is to make designs easier to replicate across the globe without creators having to bag components and ship kits out to everyone, which is a very time consuming and costly process. With this system, people can share projects by uploading a few files, including a parts list and gerber files (a circuit board drawing format), to a public Git repo. When a user submits a project to Kintic.it, the site clones the project repo, and uses the data to create a project page with SVG illustrations, downloadable project diagrams, and a parts list with 1-click package ordering.
Kaspar Creator
Why did you choose Netlify?
Netlify
Git-based open hardware is a new concept for people and I wanted to get the basic site out as quickly as possible, but aside from a few contractors it has been mainly a one man show. Building it as a static site hosted on Netlify reduced maintenance burden and allowed me to get the initial prototype out very quickly. Now I can slowly add functionality by getting the site to consume APIs and by building microservices.
Kaspar Creator
What is your favorite thing about Netlify?
Netlify
Painless setup and built-in https! I also enjoy the blog post about the technical aspects of getting the most out of CDNs.
Kaspar Creator

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