A revolution is happening: the manufacture of objects is shifting from big companies—where your only choice might be the color black—to individuals, producing a previously unseen variety in things we make.

Today, thanks to versatile, powerful, and convenient tools such as Arduino and 3D printers, anyone can easily build, customize, fix, or improve objects. Tools and technologies have changed, but the passion for the process of creation hasn’t.

A maker is not necessarily someone who works in design and manufacturing in her day job, but rather someone who always finds a way to turn her passion into an actual source of personal and economic rewards. She may get down to work to solve a personal challenge and then realize there are other ...

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