About us

The Startup

We believe that open source hardware is making the world a better place.

We release all our projects as open source hardware. Open hardware is really yours, because you can tweak, modify and even sell batches of kits or assembled products.
Also, open hardware usually provides much more educational value than the closed counterpart.

Thanks to open hardware and 3D printing technology, new concepts and ideas can be prototyped faster, and hardware design and code can improve at a faster rate thanks to the contributions of the free software and open source hardware community.

We focus on:
  • Open source hardware kits and projects
  • 3D design and 3D printing

The Founder

Emanuele Caruso, also known as caru, earned a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology Engineering in 2010 at "Politecnico di Milano".

Since 2007 he has worked in the software industry, mainly as a freelance software designer.

In 2009 and 2010 he participated in the yearly TopCoder Open competition, in the Component Design track, placing 5th in TCO09 and 11th in TCO10. He also earned the title of TopCoder Design Coder of the Month in September 2009 and in August 2010.

In 2011 he contributed to and became lead developer of Sprinter, one of the most popular firmwares for open source hardware 3D printers.

In 2012 he won a Blender (3D modeling/rendering) contest and his winning submission "Tiramisù con fragole" ("Tiramisù with strawberries") was used as the cover of the 15th issue of Blender Magazine Italia. He also wrote a tutorial, based on that work, which has been published in the same issue of the magazine.

In 2013 he developed and released StenoTutor, a steno drilling program, with a free software license.

In 2014 he founded Utopen and designed, developed and released Stenoboard as open hardware.