How do I publish an Instructable and can make sure my work is not stolen for commercial products? Answered
A nice member noticed an induction heater "kit" on Ebay and commented about it.
After a lot of digging I found some pictures and technical details on the web - Google translate might be funny at times but was a real help for my bad chinese skills...
Turned out the shematics for this heater are identical to my design.
Sure they use a different mosfets and and create a nice looking circuit board for all but it does not change the fact that my design drives it.
One chinese wholeseller is selling them in 500pcs bulk.
I am working on the next generation of my induction heater based on an induction cooktop.
Since the power levels are much higher and more option possible I think it will be a great project loved by a lot of people.
But I feel reluctant to publish it in a detailed form that can be used by everyone to re-create it as I fear it will end up on Ebay as well.
So far I can't even estimate how much profit some chinese guy is making while laughing at me and for obvious reasons I would like to prevent that from happening to 2.0 as well...
Is there any way to protect my designs or to get hands on the chinaman to strangle some money back out of him?