There Has Never Been a Better Time to Be a Young Person With a Big Idea | Inc.com
So-called rapid-prototyping equipment is used to produce working models of new designs. Formerly available only to big companies with access to sophisticated manufacturing facilities, rapid-prototyping technology can now be accessed inexpensively at communal manufacturing facilities like Tech Shop, which we visited in Pittsburgh. Tech Shop isn’t your dad’s workshop. Rather, it’s a sleek and tactile industrial arcade populated by young tinkerers who seem to have recently traded in their skateboards for 3-D printers and band saws. In short, this technology has democratized the design and prototyping process.