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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- I think I contributed to 4 kickstarter projects in 2011. Two were physical devices which did not exist before the projects executed. Of the other two, one was software based the other was art, prints (physical result).Jan 10, 2012
- I was able to see a book I really wanted (Osamu Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth) get put back in print thanks to a Kickstarter project. I really can't wait to see what other books/comics/web comics can get put into print or get finished through Kickstarter.Jan 10, 2012
- The next step is providing a DIY Industrial Design education...Jan 10, 2012
- Hear, hear! Autodidacts untie! ;)Jan 14, 2012
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