The manufacturing revolution will be crowdfunded

Posted by LDonia on 10/28/2013

New technology may just lead the oft-spoken yet rarely witnessed manufacturing revolution ... one novelty item at a time.

And this revolution? It's likely to be crowdfunded. At least that’s the way it seems given the influx of “American-made” Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns we’ve been seeing.

Of course, no one would suggest that conceiving, financing, building, marketing, and selling a new item is an easy task. But a couple of former DJs in Maryland are making it seem pretty simple.

This weekend Jamie Smith Hopkins at the Baltimore Sun shared the story of Jason Perkail and Dimitri Furman, both Maryland-based former DJs who conceived the “Tubecore Duo.”

Smith Hopkins writes:

In the space of five whirlwind months, they designed a high-end hi-fi system, raised nearly seven times as much money on crowdfunding site Kickstarter as they originally asked for and are now setting up a production facility in Gaithersburg.

Their company, Tubecore Audio, has 292 orders to fill for Kickstarter supporters who rushed to get a below-wholesale price for a product that will retail at $599. The men are negotiating distributor orders now, too.

Wow! Not bad, guys!

And that Kickstarter campaign really helped them out. Not only did they raise enough funds to find a place to build their product (kudos on keeping that in the States) but they were also able to use the money to upgrade their design and the components in the actual product.

The most impressive thing about this success story-in-progress? Perkail and Furman developed the Tubecore Duo at an area Hackerspace, a communal space where makers can use different tools and technologies to which they might not otherwise have access.

According to the Hackerspace wiki, there are over 150 formally recognized Hackerspaces in the United States. In addition to those, there are many similar spaces that don't call themselves “Hackerspaces” and/or are not listed on Hackerspaces’ wiki.

You see what I'm getting at, I hope: Just think about all the potential for innovation there is in the United States right now, and all the possibilities that open up just by having a Hackerspace nearby.

So: Got an idea? Why not find a nearby Hackerspace and try to turn that idea into a reality? Who knows, you might be part of the next wave of American Manufacturing.

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