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Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers by Alicia Gibb

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11. Personal Manufacturing in the Digital Age

David A. Mellis

“From my point of view, the greatest developments to be expected of technics in the future … will not be, as we are usually led to think, in the direction of universalizing even more strenuously the wasteful American system of mass production: no, on the contrary, it will consist in using machines on a human scale, directly under human control, to fulfill with more exquisite adaptation, with a higher refinement of skill, the human needs that are to be served…. Much that is now in the realm of automatism and mass production will come back under directly personal control, not by abandoning the machine, but by using it to better purpose, not by quantifying but by qualifying its further ...

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