Digital fabrication technologies, including but not limited to 3D printing, are becoming more sophisticated and less expensive every year, with the ability on the horizon to use such tools to make the tools themselves, the ability to use recyclable or environmentally friendly raw materials, and a thriving maker community that shares designs and instruction.

The Incite Focus fab lab in Detroit presents a model for a financially self-sufficient, cutting-edge facility that is open freely to the public and used largely for instruction, which serves as a mechanism to spread the practice of environmentally conscious, community self-sufficiency, where less money we use to buy the things we need is fed into corporations and out of the local economy.

For more information, see the Wikipedia article on digital fabrication, or search the web for the numerous stories (many of which focus exclusively on 3D printing, which is very flashy and important, but is not by itself sufficient to create most of what people need).

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