There is a small revival of small-time manufacturing. Highly transparent information about where to find niche producers (globally), plus techniques for operating shorter runs (small scale), plus crowd-sourced funding (quicker, smaller sums), plus viral marketing equals DIY manufacturing. Kickstarter featured a year-end review of the many crowd-funded manufacturing start ups in their system that succeed this past year. It's an awesome list. Clocks, cameras, aquariums, etc. This year we can expect more micro-manufacturing projects, in more variety.

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