Marcin Jakubowski PhD, identified the 50 most important machines to modern life and set out to create an Open Source D.I.Y version that can be built and maintained at the fraction of the cost.
Although the logistics of his concept might appear counter intuitive (where do you buy all the parts to build a tractor), his objective of creating a greater distribution of production and an environmentally positive supply chain is a worthy pursuit.
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But what about Open Source D.I.Y footwear and can it be made to similar qualities as factory made footwear? Are there footwear styles that can be considered more important than others?
Although the machines created by Marcin Jakubowski appear unrefined because of their purely utilitarian purpose, with the recent developments of computer aided additive manufacturing Maker Bots, D.I.Y footwear of the future could become as sophisticated and refined as most factory made footwear is today.
What’s more with the increased accessibility of Open Source 3D Software, “Design It Yourself” product is also becoming and other reality.