Our Personal Manufacturing Manifesto

Personal Manufacturing for the Masses

Over the past decade, there has been explosive growth in a new market called Personal Manufacturing. Now, more than ever before, it has become possible for someone in a basement or makerspace to bring any idea to life in a handful of weekends with a handful of tools, without the wealth of investment that has been required in the past. This burgeoning field of personal manufacturing has creatively and economically empowered people in a truly unprecedented way.

However, using these technologies is prohibitive for many groups such as educators in matters of both cost and expertise. For example: knowing what to do with these machines (3D-printer, mill, etc.), typically takes having access to them. For many people without an accessible makerspace around, having access means buying these machines. Buying them typically entails spending 1000's of dollars on a bunch of machines that you don't know what you're going to do with. As a result, many institutions find that they can't justify such an expenditure and don't get involved in the industry.

We think that's a tragedy. We believe that it's of paramount importance that everyone get the opportunity to get their feet wet with these game-changing technologies and experience the creative freedom that they provide by bringing creativity into the 21st century. Ottia is our solution to finally getting personal manufacturing into the hands of the masses.

 

Interested in the future of this movement? Here are some of our favorite reads on the topic: