One of the driving forces behind the maker movement is undoubtedly the hope that new manufacturing processes will impact the world in both huge and tiny ways in the near future. What isn't discussed as much is the idea that when we as individuals learn to make things for ourselves, we are in opposition to the culture of disposable, mass-produced stuff which arose in the previous century. The next century will be very different.
Writing for Fortune, Brian Patrick Eha provides a glimpse:
“The maker movement is an old thing,” says Danielle Applestone, founder and chief executive of San Francisco-based Other Machine, which sells desktop CNC mills. “People used to make their own clothes and make their own food and fix their own cars. This new thing that we call the maker movement is like, ‘Oh yeah, remember when we didn’t throw everything away? Remember when we didn’t buy everything generic?'”
Calling yourself a “maker,” says Applestone, who has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from MIT and a doctorate in materials science, is “a way of not feeling weird about making your own stuff.”
Imagine an economy in which we make as many things as we buy. It's not too far-fetched a vision of the future, and in fact it may already be on its way.