What exactly is a Maker, you ask? Am I a Maker because I love to spend my weekends fixing up my old car? Or, am I a Maker because I spend my Sunday afternoons with a paintbrush in hand? The answer is that anyone can become a Maker regardless of whether you work in tech, design or another field and whether it’s a hobby or a full-fledged business. Here at The Grommet, we view all the wonderful product creators as Makers. Our Co-Founder and CEO, Jules Pieri views creators and Makers as one in the same. “If it’s coming from a person, not an institution, they’re a Maker,” says Jules.
The good news is that if you’ve always had an itch to create, it’s easier than ever to make things. This is much of why The Grommet exists and is thriving with a strong supply of worthy products in our pipeline. Twenty years ago, there wouldn’t have been the opportunity for people to make consumer products the way they can today, it was expensive and difficult. Innovation was once sprung by big brands, but they’re no longer the only players. Today, thanks to the Maker Movement, the real innovation is happening in our garages and basements. People are creating new products with laser cutters and making prototypes with 3D printers.
This movement is so big, that on June 18th, 2014, the White House held their very first Maker Faire to celebrate these Makers. Our fearless leaders, Jules Pieri and Joanne Domeniconi attended to represent The Grommet’s role in this movement. You can watch a video on our day at the White House here.
What does all of this mean for our world?
The Maker Movement is shaping the future of:
- Consumer Products
- U.S. Manufacturing
- Product Innovation
- Main Street Retail
- Our Economy
Did you know that?
- 57% of U.S. adults are Makers = 135 million Americans (Martha Stewart, USA Today Oct, 2013)
- The Maker Movement contributes to the 28M small businesses in the U.S. and these businesses create 2 out of every 3 new jobs in our country (Martha Stewart, USA Today Oct, 2013)
- $29B are pumped into the economy each year from the Maker Movement (Martha Stewart, USA Today Oct, 2013)
- The 3d printing market is projected to be worth $8B by the year 2020 (MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013)
- The World is expected to crowdfund 5.1 B in 2013 (Forbes, April 2013)
- 48% of large manufacturers plan to return production to U.S. from offshore (The Wall Street Journal, June 2013)
- There are 200+ hackerspaces across the U.S. (New York Times, May 2013)
The Maker Movement is not a new trend, nor is it a passing one. It’s gaining momentum every day and we are energized by the Makers we work with who are forging the way.