An Open Source Manufacturing Future

New technologies are increasingly enabling individuals to manufacture small-scale objects. How could ubiquitous fabrication complemented by a vibrant open source community change our relationship with everyday objects?

A few months ago, I listened to a talk by Chad Jennings where he discussed the upcoming shake-up around small scale manufacturing. This is due to the advancements in both 3D scanning and 3D printing. The things that can be accomplished with today’s 3D scanning/printing process is truly amazing and if the technology behind it follows the same trajectory as personal computing, these devices will be within consumers’ reach in the years to come. If that does come to be, what are the possibilities and implications of such a future? Continue reading “An Open Source Manufacturing Future”