So this week, I’ve been out for a beer with a good friend of mine, which I rarely see.
I told him about some of my ideas to start a business (I am a passionate economics student after all, and that won’t change in the near future). Well, most of my ideas include sharing the plans, or handing a lot of the design process over to the customer himself. He did not understand that at all, his first instinct was closing the ecosystem off.
And that is what most people instinctively want to do, their reaction to open source business models is “Isn’t it impossible to build a business when you are sharing AAAAALL your secrets?”or “Fool! Keep the know-how to yourself!”
And to a certain degree, they are right. Let’s start with some basics and try figuring out what open source can do.
Still haven’t been working on anything at the Fabrication Laboratory…
I know I suck.
But wait! I did other stuff! What if I told you that there is a magical place, with Unicorns puking rainbows and playing Laser Tag… Or something along those lines.
Well, semi-seriously now, what I have been trying to get into the last few weeks is a place called “ImpactHub”.
I did not, or am not doing this because I am shit-bored, I am doing it because I think it could be incredibly helpful/the second component of my misdeeds to support the “Maker Movement”.
I don’t know if it is necessary, or even wanted, but I want to bring the 2 communities, the Maker-community and the ImpactHub-community closer together.
So what is an “ImpactHub”?
Even though it doesn’t have a lot to do with the “Maker-Movement” per se, I’d still like to talk about another quite amazing service.
Let’s take a look at the concept of shapeways.com for a second. The special thing (besides the whole 3D printing magic) is all the service around it. The company lets you upload a file and takes care of all the procurement, production, shop and logistics, which enables you to focus on the design only. Even if you do not want to sell your stuff, it is still a huge thing, because it gives you access to production techniques you wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
Shapeways does that for 3D printing, but last time we talked about the Vynil cutter and that you can create cool T-Shirts with it, so let’s take a short detour in that direction.
So who am I?
Well, I won’t tell you my real name but I’ll start by saying that I am an “economics and social sciences” student from the lovely city of Vienna and I love it (both).
Yeah… it is disappointing, I am not the real slim shady, sorry.
I’ve always been interested in technology (which is a nice way of saying I was quite the gamer) and I also tried programming a couple times, so I am a an intermediate retard on Adobe Illustrator, some programming (never really got further than programming tic tac toe), and some web design too.
Due to my interest in technology and social sciences, I’ve been reading quite some books lately, among them was a book called “Makers: The new industrial revolution”.
It is all about what the state of the art is for 3D printing and how this combined with new forms of financing, namely crowdfunding, could cause a big change in how we think of production and hardware goods.
So that made me want to try this thing out for myself and maybe be part of said “industrial revolution”.
So that’s what I’ll do here. Now. I guess.
It will be a “How to fail at making and have fun with it”. =)