Friday, November 20, 2009
With the high cost of everything and the conspicuous lack of cash in most pockets, the WSJ says people are tinkering more, some even buying formerly high-end milling machines to make parts.
Justin Lahart, Nov 12, 2009, discusses how this trend is leading to inventions such as a device to twitter how much beer is left in a keg or surgery robots.
Engineering schools say their students are tending to like the hands-on work
Spark Fun Electronics is one place that sells parts to tinkerers. Their business has almost doubled.
People like hands-on—it’s real—not like finance. Computer numerical controlled tools—that cut metal or other materials according to a computer program--are a tenth as expensive as 10 yrs ago.
One guy bought a mill to make bike sprockets for $7,000.
At the schools, it’s not enough to get an A. People ask what you are building.
Some entrepreneurs even thought up the idea of equipping a shop with equipment people can use by the hour.
Always thinking, Americans!
Keep at it—this is what makes companies that then hire people.