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March 27, 2009

A Micro-Manufacturing Revolution

In the March issue of Wired magazine, Clive Thompson describes how he recently bought his wife a one-of-a-kind piece of handmade jewelry at Etsy, an eCommerce site where artisans sell handmade creations. Thompson sees Etsy, which last year had 2 million buyers spend a total of $90 million dollars, as part of a larger trend which he calls micro-manufacturing. Consumers are craving unique handmade items and the Internet is the perfect venue for showcasing and marketing a large variety of crafts. Thompson ties this craving to the need for customization and individuality which is inherent in the online digital culture.

Low-cost, automated manufacturing is the perfect complement to low-cost, automated design.  The two can work together to provide end-to-end automation of everything except for the initial conception of an idea.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at March 27, 2009 3:37 PM
category: Human Creativity

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