Just when we thought we'd have to skip proper work and write something about the trend of people making things themselves after spotting the eMachineshop site news we were happy...

Just when we thought we’d have to skip proper work and write something about the trend of people making things themselves after spotting the eMachineshop site news we were happy to find that Slate had already reported on how industrial design has become a weekend hobby.

eMachineshop.com allows you to design a part in a CAD-like program and then send it over the internet to a real machine shop where, a team of 17 machinists will craft your part, bundle it up, and send it back to you via post. Slate says that “Nowadays, people want consumer goods to have serious aesthetic appeal. If they can’t find what they want in stores, they’ll build it themselves. You could call it ‘grass-roots industrial design’.“

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