If you don’t subscribe to Wired magazine (and you really should ’cause it’s awesome), you missed out on a cool article about the DIY movement and the growing trend of home-brewed products that put product design and manufacturing back into the hands of the people. Initially fueled by tinkerers, makers and hobbyists and armed with open-sourced 3D printers, the internet and low-cost technologies have empowered basically anyone with a reasonable level of knowledge and intelligence to crowd source designs and literally build products that large-scale manufacturers can (or won’t) produce.
Check out the Wired article, complete with a video that features Chris Anderson, Editor In Chief of Wired talking about a company that produces custom-molded Halo weapons for Lego figures.
By the way, this emerging DIY trend is the theme of IDSA’s 2010 International Conference and Education Symposium in Portland this August 4-7. Details on the conference are still in the works.