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Manufacturing is making a comeback in communities across America. Innovation is boosting our economy with high-skills, high-wage jobs, and rebuilding local communities.
In 2012, the manufacturing sector produced:
- 12 million direct jobs
- 17.4 million indirect jobs
- $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2015 (12.1% of GDP),
- higher earning rates for workers than other sectors, and
two-thirds of all private sector R&D.
The Maker Movement is a grassroots effort that democratizes the tools for designing and building anything. Makers are building community around creativity, design, and manufacturing. The Maker Movement fuels reinvigorated American manufacturing.
The American resurgence in do-it-yourself (DIY) activities in the last decade includes electronics, robotics, 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, computer-numerically controlled machine tools, metalworking, wood-working and more traditional arts and crafts.
The Maker Movement empowers individuals and shatters the barrier to entry for product development, prototyping, and manufacturing.
The community-driven Maker Movement brings together local innovators to drive progress in manufacturing, engineering, industrial design, hardware technology, and education.
More Americans have access to 21st century tools. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, students and families are participating in Maker Faires.
Companies, libraries, museums, universities, schools, philanthropic foundations, and community-based organizations are investing in for-profit and non-profit maker spaces.
Educators are using the Maker Movement to spark excitement about STEM learning. Labor unions are creating apprenticeship programs in advanced manufacturing. Experienced makers are passing it on by serving as mentors for young makers.
The Maker Movement is on the forefront of technological, economic, civic and social change — empowering Americans – young and old – to become producers of things, not consumers of things.