The Atlantic Cities channel Chris Anderson about his decision to leave Wired to start his own DIY drone business:

Some people hear the word “maker” and imagine we are going back to the past, a world of artisans using traditional tools to make craft products. From reading your book, that’s not exactly what you mean. You’re talking about a blurring of what might be called the analog and digital worlds. Tell us more about how you see this playing out.

The “Maker Movement” is simply what happened when the web revolution hit the real world. The term, in its current sense, was first coined in 2005 by Dale Dougherty of the tech book publisher O’Reilly, to describe what he saw as a resurgence of tinkering, that great American tradition. But rather than isolated hobbyists in their garages the way it used to be, this was coming out of Web communities and increasingly using digital tools, from 3D printers, which were just then starting to be available for regular consumers, and to a new generation of free and easy CAD software programs. …The world’s factories are now increasingly open to anyone via the web, creating what amounts to “cloud manufacturing.” And huge Maker communities have grown around sites such as  and . In Silicon Valley, the phrase is that “hardware is the new software.” The web’s powerful innovation model can now be applied to making real stuff. As a result, we’re going from the “tinkerer” phase of this movement to entrepreneurship, too. What began as a social revolution is starting to look like an industrial revolution.

And I love this says-it-all illustration:

a chart illustrates the comparative cost of manufacturing an everyday rubber ducky: injection molded plastic, $10 grand for the mold and 20 cents for the materials. Or: a 3d printed version: $20 per duck covers time and materials.

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