For a long time many people questioned making money through free software or anything that is in the movement "FreeThis is due to the fact that many confused the concept and attributed the meaning of free to that of free.
Today it is clear that with Free Software you can make money, there are many companies that make a living programming and / or developing for Free Software, butand for Free hardware? ¿Can someone earn a living from Free Hardware? The answer is yes.
Precisely in this field there are several Spanish companies that are standing out within Free Hardware, although of course, Free Hardware projects, such as Arduino olas SBC boards They always have a company behind that not only maintains the project but also earns money from it.
Although Free Hardware is Free, many Spanish companies make a living from it
Within Spain, the company Bq Readers stands out, which has launched a fairly inexpensive 3D printer that is based on the RepRap project. The hardware is totally free and they themselves spread their design, yes, its price is one of the cheapest in the 3D printer market.
The other Spanish example, in this case less known but very interesting, is the company Erle Robotics, a company in the north of Spain that is dedicated to the sale of drones and robots built with free hardware. These robots of Spanish origin are controlled with SBC boards as popular as the BeagleBone or variations of Arduino. They also have interesting models such as drones or educational robots.
Although Erle Robotics is not very popular, its products, its results are being seen by Silicon Valley companies and it is certainly not for less since their products are quite cheap and of good quality.
As you can see, you can also live on Free Hardware, you can even create jobs, you just need to focus Free Hardware towards a path where Free and money do not collide.someone dares?