The oily machines of manufacturing are now being joined by computers and 3D printers. With the advent of simple and affordable 3D design software, access to digital fabrication services and desktop 3D printers, and a global community of makers, the home office is becoming the home factory. Manufacturing, as we know it, is changing.
Here are just a few examples of popular fabrication technologies being used by makers today.
The digital nature of making means it is highly collaborative. Communities of makers span the globe. They can be as basic as like-minded people getting together to talk shop or as revolutionary as makers using others as sounding boards, where feedback results in prototypes, which in turn develop into innovative solutions and commercial products. By sharing ideas, makers are pushing innovation exponentially forward.