Did you know that now is the best time to be a maker, creator or hacker? There are more resources available than ever before. It's called the Maker Movement and it's being celebrated in a big way throughout our country.
What exactly is a maker, you ask? Am I a maker because I love to spend weekends fixing up my old car? Or, am I a maker because I spend my free time with a paintbrush in hand? Chris Anderson, former editor at WIRED magazine and author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution says that we are all makers. Whether you create in the workshop, or the kitchen it's all the same. Here at The Grommet, we tell the stories of innovative products and the Makers behind them every day.
So why is now better than ever before for makers or aspiring makers? For a minimal monthly cost, you can join a hackspace or makerspace like TechShop and be off and running. Access to hundreds of machines like laser cutters, 3d printers and other resources will be at your disposal. This is significant because on their own, these machines are extremely expensive for the average person. If you want to make your product into a viable company, Indiegogo or Kickstarter can help you get it funded. Once fully funded , companies like The Grommet, Quirky or Grand St can provide a platform to sell and give your product the amplification needed to succeed. Years ago, none of this was realistic without the backing of a big company and getting in front of those big companies was well, next to impossible.
Above: Grommet Maker sketching prototypes for a portable washing machine, The Laundry Pod.