Hard as it may be to believe, there's a difference between things that don't interest you personally and things that are junk. And the existence of things that don't interest you somewhere does not automatically mean that everything there is crap.
Don't see the sort of kits you like being made? Join us! Innovate, and design your own!
This is an interesting idea, but (as others mentioned) I'd like to know a little bit more about what this site does before I sign up. Just need a little more detail than "find things that interest you."
Thanks for that — I'm sure the intention of the summary was to keep it simple and to speak to less-technical users. But it'd be nice if there was a slightly more technical description (like yours) available too.
Has anyone heard if they will take the tech back towards open or move in a closed direction? I don't know much about Statasys but I'm guessing they are a closed company and their machines aren't open sourced?
Statasys is the company that unilaterally suspended a leasing contract for one of their more professional targeted printers after the leaser used it to print lower receivers and other various gun parts.
I'm not too sure they are up to par with the freedoms open source is meant to afford.
If you really want to know what the maker revolution will look like, visit https://tindie.com, the site I started. Tindie is the marketplace for the 'makers' the author references. We have robots, custom chips, amps, synths - all at the highest quality made by single makers.
The author is missing is actual knowledge of how the manufacturing process works for maker products. Because of that, he or she is left making an assumption that the majority of products will be poor quality - when Tindie actually proves the opposite. The majority of our products are at the highest quality, and that is because of the accessibility of modern manufacturing.
That is why the maker revolution is powerful. One maker can make a product, design it, manufacture it, and sell it all from their garage.