Where is the world headed next?
“THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF MANUFACTURING”
New technologies and tools like 3D printers, CNC machinery, computer-aided engineering software, and shared maker spaces haven’t just enhanced creativity and efficiency. They’ve sparked a quiet revolution.
The Maker Movement — comprising inventors, programmers, designers, and tinkerers around the world — has already impacted how new products are designed and built, how regions approach economic development, and even how customers request products to be manufactured. We call it the democratization of manufacturing.
With the widespread availability of powerful design and production technologies, we’re seeing a reordering of some industries away from centralized and hierarchical institutions (think big firms and corporations) toward open networks of independent creative experts (maker spaces, labs, studios).
Customers are changing, too. They now expect to be empowered. They want products that are uniquely tailored to their tastes and needs. And they want to participate more closely in the design and development process of a product.
The demand is, at the same time, fluid. For the mainstream that thrives in mass production, that’s a big change because now the demand is not monolithic and it’s coming directly from young entrepreneurs and start-ups, seeking an innovation pace that is faster than ever.
What are the key pillars of the “Democratization of Manufacturing”?
What is the problem we’re trying to solve?
Such an industrial revolution is a work in progress. For more than a decade, Makers have been interacting scattered across forums, apps, and social media. This has made it difficult for potential customers to identify the ideal partners to manufacture the product they need.
To dramatically increase the visibility of Makers and Digital Artisans and let them partner up with other entrepreneurs within the region, it is crucial to provide a platform where the two sides can meet.
Neutrone is a free platform to facilitate discoverability and collaboration, adding significant value on both sides of the transaction (buyers and sellers). The goals are:
- To give local Makers and Digital Artisans the opportunity to showcase their services (3D printing, CNC machining, laser etching, etc.) and get new customers.
- To give Enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs the chance to develop and launch their custom-made products by collaborating with talented Makers within their region.
Makers and Digital Artisans can boost their visibility by publishing a “Maker Page” where they can list-in their services. They can provide a wide array of details, such as materials used, technologies used, minimum order quantity, lead time, etc. On the other hand, potential customers can easily search and identify the right partner through the search engine and its filters. The two parts can finally meet and collaborate.
In order to guarantee transparency in the decision-making process, a user review system has been implemented. It allows customers who have completed a purchase from one of the Makers listed in the platform to leave a review on the overall experience.
Both Makers and Customers can easily communicate with each other through a built-in Messaging system. It includes notifications both on-site and via email.
100% Free to Use
The platform is completely free to join, both for Makers who want to list their services and for Customers who want to start a conversation with them.
What is Neutrone?
For Makers, Neutrone is a platform that facilitates discoverability and collaboration. It provides a space where Makers can create their own profile and share details such as services provided, categories served, photos, and much more. It puts their expertise on the map.
For Customers, Neutrone is a platform that helps identifying the best partner to develop a prototype or an actual product. It gives a chance to collaborate with talented Makers based in the same region, with tons of experience and “human size” MOQ (minimum order quantity).
How does Neutrone work?
Upon registration, Neutrone provides a personal space and a simple tool that Makers can use to publish their Maker Page.
In parallel, Customers can use the search engine in the homepage to find the ideal parner who can manufacture the product(s) they have in mind.
Is Neutrone in Beta?
Yes, indeed. We launched Neutrone in March 2022 and it’s still in its early development process. It’s good enough to be used by the community already, but you can expect some bugs here and there.
Who’s the developer of Neutrone?
Neutrone is developed and maintained by one person. Started as a side gig during quarantine, the inception of Neutrone has something to do with his passion for custom mechanical keyboards.
He was frustrated by how difficult it was to find someone who could manufacture a small batch of cases for his custom mechanical keyboard project, with reasonable MOQ, ETA & cost.
Is Neutrone free?
Yes, it’s completely free. It’s developed with a focus on efficiency and a sustainable model based on popular frameworks.
What is the future of Neutrone?
At this stage, we’re basically a MVP (minimum viable product). If the community finds Neutrone useful, we will add more functionalities and services.
How can I help?
Positive and constructive feedbacks are what motivates us to keep going. Reach out via our Contact section, and let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you!