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For the Maker Community, by a Maker

TL;DR

Search Engine

Connecting Makers with Customers

Filter with Parameters

Refine search by region, material, etc.

Free To Use For Anyone

It’s free, could it be any better?

Where is the world headed next?

“THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF MANUFACTURING”

New technologies and tools like 3D printers, CNC machineries, computer aided engineering software, and shared makerspaces 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 for an innovation pace that is faster than ever.

What are the key pillars of the “Democratization of Manufacturing”?

Fabrication Scalability

One of the biggest roadblocks for someone who wants to get started making things is the fabrication part. Traditional manufacturing facilities require major investments. Those resources are now becoming accessible as we turn into an era of “manufacturing as a service”. One-to-one interaction and fast turn around to get products onto shelves without committing to high volumes.

Software and Automation

It’s the availability of software and computing power both locally and in the cloud, which is allowing many more people to do sophisticated analysis, design and renderings without huge and expensive IT infrastructure.

Customers’ Empowerment

The two main practices that empower customers are (1) to engage with them on product ideation and (2) help them reimagine products so they can customize and personalize them.

Customers & Makers’ Creativity

From social media to crowd sourcing, users have learned how to test their ideas. And the world is extremely receptive. Creativity is now fully unleashed.

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, social media. This has made it difficult for potential customers to identify the ideal partners to manufacture the product they need.

In order 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.

INTRODUCING NEUTRONE

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.

Maker Page

Through the platform, Makers and Digital Artisans can boost their visibility by creating a “Maker Page” in which 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.

User Reviews

In order to guarantee transparency in the decision-making process, a user’s reviews 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.

Direct Messaging

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-in their services and for Customers who want to start a conversation with them.

FAQ

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, with detailed descriptions of the services provided, some photos, and many other parameters. It puts their services 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 in the same area, with tons of expertise and “human size” MOQ (minimum order quantity).

How does Neutrone work?

To Makers, Neutrone provides a simple editing tool that allows to input all the details they want to showcase in their own Maker page.

To Customers, Neutrone provides a search engine and an array of parameters to refine search results (by category, region, materials, etc).

Is Neutrone in Beta?

Yes indeed. We’ve 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 that we’re trying to fix.

Who’s the developer of Neutrone?

Neutrone is developed and maintained by one person only. 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 the fact that it took him too long 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 by 1 person only, with reasonable hosting costs and a sustainable model based on popular frameworks.

What is the future of Neutrone?

At this stage, we’re basically in MVP (minimum viable product). If the community finds Neutrone useful, we will evolve the technology behind it and add more functionalities.

How can I help?

Positive and constructive feedbacks are what motivate us to keep going. Reach us out via our Contact section, and let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you!