Robotic craft: Rapid-prototype technology may take the labor out of craft, but it also allows individually styled items to compete with those that have been mass-produced.
Computer-controlled manufacturing machines are no longer confined in the large companies, but they are also being increasingly bought and used in small small businesses and craftspeople. Customers can order any design that they in the shop, which is then tailored digitally to their exact needs. Another important aspect of this machines is that they are affordable, so that jewelers, designers, and craft cooperatives can compete on price and precision with big business. The technology is revolutionary in another sense too as the means of production will be available to all as soon as rapid-prototype machines could be prepared.
|Title:||Robotic craft: Rapid-prototype technology may take the labor out of craft, but it also allows individually styled items to compete with those that have been mass-produced|
|Open access status:||An open access publication|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of BEAMS
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