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What is the future of manufacturing?

“DEMOCRATIZATION OF MANUFACTURING”

As powerful design and production technologies become increasingly accessible, we’re seeing a shift in some industries towards more open networks of independent experts – think maker spaces, labs, and studios – and away from centralized and hierarchical institutions like large corporations. This trend suggests a move towards a more collaborative, innovative, and agile approach to manufacturing and production.

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The Maker Movement (ref.: Wikipedia) β€” comprising inventors, programmers, designers, and tinkerers around the world β€” has already impacted how new products are designed and built, how regions approach economic development, and even how customers request products to be manufactured. It has been defined as the democratization of manufacturing.


Customers are changing, too. They want products that are uniquely tailored to their tastes and needs. And they want to be more involved in the design and development process of a product.

Their demand is 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 innovation at a pace that is faster than ever.

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

Fabrication Scalability

Traditional manufacturing has historically been a major roadblock for creators due to the substantial investments required. However, with the emergence of “manufacturing as a service,” these resources are becoming more accessible, allowing for one-to-one decentralized interaction and fast turnaround times to get products onto shelves without the need for committing to high volumes.

Software and Automation

The widespread availability of advanced software and computing power both locally and in the cloud is allowing many more people to do sophisticated analysis, design, and renderings without huge and expensive IT infrastructure. As a result, this has led to increased democratization of design and engineering, making it more accessible for individuals and small businesses.

Customers’ Empowerment

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

Customers’ Creativity

From social media to crowdsourcing, users have developed the ability to test their ideas. And the world is extremely receptive. Creativity is now fully unleashed.

What is the problem we’re trying to solve?

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 find new partners to manufacture the products they need.

To dramatically increase the visibility of Makers and Digital Artisans and let them partner up with more Customers within same the region, it is crucial to provide a platform where the two sides can easily meet.

INTRODUCING NEUTRONE

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Your product idea manufactured by talented Makers in your area.
Find the right partner and turn your product idea into a reality.

Neutrone is a free platform that matches the production capabilities of local Makers and Digital Artisans with the needs of Customers who are looking for small-scale productions that are highly personalized and creative.

It provides a space where Makers can create profiles and showcase their services, such as the products they make, the regions they serve, the materials they use, and their methods of production. This allows potential customers to find them and start a conversation.

And you know what’s the best feature of all? The platform is completely free for both Makers to list their services and for Customers to connect!

Why are we doing this? Read our Manifesto.

FAQ

What is Neutrone?

Neutrone is a free platform that promotes discoverability and collaboration between Makers and Customers.

We provide a space where Makers and Digital Artisans can create profiles and share information about their services and expertise. This puts their expertise on the map and makes it easy for Customers from around the world to find the right partner to bring their product ideas to life.

To learn more, read our Manifesto.

How does Neutrone work?

Upon registering, Neutrone provides a personal space and simple tools for Makers to publish their Maker Page. Meanwhile, Customers can use the search engine on the homepage to find the ideal partner to make their products.

Is Neutrone in Beta?

Yes, Neutrone was launched in March 2022 and is still in its early development process. It is usable by the community, but there may be bugs.

Who is the developer of Neutrone?

Neutrone is developed and maintained by a single person. It started as a side project during quarantine and was inspired by his passion for custom mechanical keyboards. He was frustrated by the difficulty of finding someone to make a small batch of cases for his custom mechanical keyboard project with reasonable minimum order quantity, lead time, and cost.

Is Neutrone free?

Yes, Neutrone is completely free. It was designed with a focus on efficiency and a sustainable model that is based on popular frameworks.

What is the future of Neutrone?

Currently, we are a minimum viable product (MVP). If the community finds Neutrone useful, we will add more features. Please let us know your thoughts in the Contact section.

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!