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AtFAB: downloadable design and the maker economy

New technology is making downloadable design a reality, and companies like AtFAB are leading the charge. But as consumers become producers, what are the implications for making and selling?

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New technology is making downloadable design a reality, and companies like AtFAB are leading the charge. Open source products meet consumer demand for personalisation – the future is arriving through a 3D printer near you, and it's whatever colour you want it to be.

Maker culture is gaining momentum, and rapid prototyping technology is becoming increasingly affordable. [1] From publishing to interior design, traditional manufacturing and distribution services may soon be undermined by a 'new industrial revolution'. But as consumers become producers, what are the implications for traditional making and selling?

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