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Our pal Bilal Ghalib and Alex Hornstein have embarked on a fun, educational road trip. They’ve packed a Prius with 3D printers, dubbed it the Pocket Factory, and are traveling around the country exposing people to 3D printing and the potential of desktop manufacturing.

…[W]e’re starting a business designing, producing. and selling products made on these printers. We’re documenting our successes and failures as we go, with the intention of making it easy for others to replicate our efforts. In our dream world, the only barrier between a desire to make a living off of creative design and doing so is just a click of the “print” button. We hope this project helps bring that dream closer to a reality.

The Pocket Factory project now has four 3D printers on the road and they’re coming to a city near you! Above is a short video they shared with us introducing the team and the project. If you know of a cool place for them to set up an instant 3D printing factory, let them know. You can reach them at pocketfactory.org, or tweet @pocketfactory22.

Bilal and Alex will be posting about their exploits here on MAKE. We look forward to hearing news of their adventures.

Pocket Factory

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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