Production on the backend isn’t the only thing holding back opensource hardware, getting from innovation and good ideas into any sort of distributed production requires initial investment. In some cases it can be very small, but unlike opensource software there are physical requirements of pcbs, parts and tools that have very real costs! the iBom part of the equation could be connected in here also by the likes of an Octopart, either by aquiring someone like KickStarter or by rolling their own distributed investor community. This would have the effect of ‘quickening’ the front end in order to supply the backend and would facilitatte the emergence of a ‘Market’ which is the next key part of the move to distributed production. It doesn’t take an Einstein to take this further and envision market places bolted onto the innnovation front ends for successful projects, thus closing the circle and providing positive feedback whilst encourage fresh new agile growth.
*Update I added an iBom repo to get started on the idea/format etc..