Stan Stalnaker: My 2013 Prediction,’Makernet’ Shifts Production To All
As the year draws to a close, we ask the Founding Director of Hub Culture what he thinks will dominate in 2013.
New tools are about to turn manufacturing inside out.
The merger of industrial scale craft-making with personalisation tools on the web is laying the groundwork for the “makernet,” a hybrid manufacturing network process that combines distributed design, development and production with the dynamics of niche networks.
As the industrial internet picks up speed, we’re seeing rapid evolution in how manufacturing can be approached in sectors like fashion, novelties, furniture, toys and even food. In China, 3D printers are exploding across the landscape, turning garages into web linked factories ready for custom orders, making everything from meat to shoes to wiki-houses. This is accelerating creativity and heralds a localized, grass-roots manufacturing boom stretching from Africa to Beijing.