CHAPTER 12

Making and Sharing Digital At-Home Manufacturing

Now we will look at the three big power tools of digital at-home manufacturing: the 3D printer, the laser cutter, and the CNC mill. With each of these devices, if you can make one or get access to one, you suddenly have the ability to make millions of products for yourself. The designs for these products can come from databases of millions of open-source ideas. Perhaps more excitingly, the designs can be ones that you have dreamed up and would like to realize in real life. For each of these technologies, there are accessible starting points in the open-source ecosystem, yet they also have evolved enough that you can fabricate very sophisticated tools that can match product fabrication ...

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