For a few thousand dollars, anyone can buy their own personal-scale manufacturing
machine, download electronic blueprints to their home computer, and manufacture
unique and complicated objects at home. Personal manufacturing machines, or
“fabbers,” are the pint-sized, low-cost descendants of mass manufacturing machines
used in factories. Different types of small-scale manufacturing machines such as 3D
printers, laser cutters, and programmable sewing machines, combined with an
electronic design blueprint, enable people to create a wide range of objects.