The developments in sensor technology and 3D-printing along with the unfolding Internet of Things (IoT) have given rise to the Maker Movement. The possibility to create your own products, such as 3D-printed cutlery that holds sensors to check your own nutrition, defines the movement.
For some, this movement marks the beginning of the decentralization of the production process. No longer will large factories and big conglomerates be the ones to dominate this landscape, but more and more individuals will be able to produce a lot of things they need from their homes.
On 26 January we explored the concepts of Makers. In the first part of the evening a researcher (Peter Troxler), an entrepreneur (John Tillema) and a public sector representative (Maarten Nypels) shared their views on the maker movement. Afterwards participants explored ‘Making’ yourself with the LoRaWAN toolkit and beers!
As a professor in “Revolution in the Manufacturing Industry”, Peter examines the impact of new, direct digital manufacturing technologies and methods ( such as Fab Labs and 3D printing) for design and manufacturing.
John is one of the two partners of Tweetonig industrial design. A Rotterdam based design office with a focus on smart consumer products designed for mass production. He is a serial entrepreneur, electrical whizkid and much more.
Maarten is a project and change manager at Stadshavens Rotterdam. His three major passions are innovation, sustainability, public-private value creation. He has lived and worked in Maleisia, Philippines, Ethiopia and Brazil.