How the Innovation Economy is Turning Makers into Manufacturers
(Popular Mechanics) Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief of Wired and co-founder of 3D Robotics, has written a reflective article on how digital technology has made it possible for him to make the jump from editor to entrepreneur. He explained the three factors that have lowered the barriers of entry and can turn makers into manufacturers.
1) Desktop Fabrication: The 3D printer was the first of those technologies to go mainstream, but today there are desktop CNC mills, 3D scanners, CAD software, and even a desktop injection-molding machine.
2) The Power of Code: Smart software replaces the machine-shop skills that used to be required to use them. Just as with desktop publishing a generation ago, complexity is replaced by code.
3) Digital files don’t have to be turned into physical objects on a desktop– they can also be sent to factories to be manufactured at any scale.