6 Cool Tools for DIY Prototyping

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Let a crowd do your R&D.

Adafruit Industries founder Limor Fried landed a spot as the cover girl of Wired's April issue this year for her pioneering open-source electronics kits that have helped spur a wave of DIY engineering. Her open-source policy allows inventors to share projects and improve on each others' ideas, which turns R&D into a big crowd-sourcing project. The simple educational materials are designed to help first-time engineers too. An in-house "pick and place" machine puts tiny parts on circuit boards and melts them into place. "By doing this in-house we're able to have high-quality control and short timelines from concept to release," Fried says.