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From 24 July until 3 November, Design Museum, London is collaborating with the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to deliver a major new exhibition about the current sweeping changes in manufacturing. The boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are disappearing with a growing movement of ‘hacktivists’ who share and download digital designs online in order to customise them for new uses. The museum will house the first ‘Factory’ of its kind where visitors can discover how 3D printing works and witness live production.
Mass customisation is a central story: from trainer manufacturers offering personalised shoes on a global scale, to 3D printed dolls with features that consumers can design and order online. Emerging technologies and platforms such as crowd funding, social networking, online marketplaces, 3D printing, nanotechnology, biotech, networked manufacturing, routing, CNC [computer numerical controlled] and open-source micro computing will also come under the show’s remit.