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Arduino, is an open-source computer hardware and software company, project and user community that designs and manufactures microcontroller-based kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world.

DIY, stands for Do-It-Yourself

CNC, computer (or computerized) numerical control, in which computers play an integral part of the control, often operating utilizing the X and Y axis as well as, sometimes, the Z axis.

Do-ocracy, the practice of “if you want something done, do it yourself”. If you feel something would be an improvement, don't wait for someone else to do it, just do it yourself. Sometimes too much discussion can prevent progress. At times, it is better to ask forgiveness than permission if the act is for the greater good.

Do-ocracy typically evolves spontaneously where:

  • Stakes are low. Typically, if job X or task Y didn’t get done, or got done poorly, it’s not a life-or-death situation.
  • Authority is non-coercive.
  • Work is plentiful. There are lots of jobs to do, and lots of people to do them.
  • Effort is rewarded with recognition.
  • Culture of participation. Each member of the community feels a right and a duty to take on responsibilities.

hackerspace/ makerspace, A hackerspace (also referred to as a hacklab, makerspace or hackspace) is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.

Microcontroller, a small computer on a single integrated circuit containing a processor core, memory, and programmable input/output peripherals. The Arduino Uno is an example of a micro controller.

Open-source, often referring to software, can be freely used, changed, and shared (in modified or unmodified form) by anyone. Open source software is made by many people, and distributed under licenses that comply with the Open Source Definition.

Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Often combined with futuristic concepts. Gears and brass are common features. Film examples include, Wild Wild West and A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Raspberry Pi, a series of inexpensive, credit card–sized, single-board computers developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools. Often requires peripherals such as keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

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