There's a lot of talk about the Maker (DIY, lean innovation, etc) movement, and what it means for the future of innovation and manufacturing. On the one hand, proponents hail Makers as a return of manufacturing jobs and small, handicraft-based labor; a new way of launching innovative products, and teaching the next generation of engineers. Others dismiss Makers as nothing more than hobbyists building weird and nifty gadgets. In a sense, both views are true: Makers get great personal satisfaction from their craft, and for some, that's enough. But projects like the Pebble smartwatch (which beat Samsung's by a year), DIY nanosatellites (several of which are currently in orbit), and homebuilt medical prosthetics (helping real patients) show the movement's potential being realized. Makers now use crowd-based design, popup supply chains, cheap 3D printing, and low cost solar and power electronics to scale up from hobby to industry -- and make it, big.

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