The maker and DIY movement embeds a high potential in terms of technological and social innovation. Amateurs, prosumers, craft consumers are engaged in the production of the artefacts they need, enabled by the use of rapid manufacturing technology, such as 3D printers and laser cutters.
"I am not a maker. In a value system that is about creating artifacts, specifically ones you can sell, I am a less valuable human."
Digital DIY is characterised as a socio-technological phenomenon, bringing together, for example, ABC technologies and online knowledge to create new outcomes. But how far is it a question of Digital Do-It-Yourself or Digital Do-It-With-Others?
As readers of this blog (and of the other content on this website) will know, the advent of DiDIY is set to have a transformative impact on society, by allowing people to create their own tailor-made artifacts, either on their own (using devices like 3D printers) or with the help of other members of the “Maker” community.