The Maker Movement is founded upon do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others (DIWO) principles where “makers” engage in creating a wide range of sophisticated products ranging from electronic devices to 3D printed products to more traditional arts. At the heart of the movement is tinkering and creating to meet peoples’ needs by experimenting with creative solutions. This movement gives makers the tools to create locally and open up a world of possibilities.
The room for creativity that characterises the Maker Movement opens up possibilities for innovation to develop unique products and create new technologies. It also allows people to make products locally for their personal use by using open-source learning and technology. The movement is formalising in some ways processes that used to happen in individual homes or garages for example, providing expensive manufacturing resources that can be used by those who go to these hubs. The Maker Movement is providing an alternative to the consumption of mass-produced, foreign products as well as providing a space and the necessary equipment to provide innovators with a space that allows their experiments and dreams to become a reality.