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Will any of this project be openly available (like gerber files for the board, CAD files for the spring barrels) in case anyone wants to make a model f in the future? (Or at least have the files to work from) or is it all owned by the Chinese company?

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Jeff the xwhatsit controller is open source so it will be possible to make it again in the future if a PCB fails.  The challenge in bringing back the Model F is in the six-figure costs of construction of the tooling and the years spent for this project in R&D to make the right choices in materials and production processes that will match IBM’s exacting standards.  The factories do not own these molds.
As noted earlier I will not be paying to maintain these molds and production will be shutting down in the near future.  For anyone considering a Brand New Model F I recommend getting one while you still can!

I do hope you consider joining the project – or have you done so under another email address?  If you have any other questions feel free to email me directly.

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