Proposal: 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, & Personal Manufacturing

It's time to establish a final site name for this proposal. The current name ("3D Printer, Laser Cutters & Personal Manufacturing") is too much about enumerating the topics rather than naming the site.

The name "Desktop Manufacturing" seems to have the widest acceptance:

Resolution: I was on the fence about the more-preferred term, but I'm okay with just going with the few that responded here. I changed the name to "Personal Manufacturing."

  • Desktop would exclude the more professional models which definitely don't fit on your desk.
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 10, 2012 at 16:28

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I prefer "personal manufacturing" because there are various technologies coming together at the hobbits level that don't fit on the desktop; laser cutters, many CNC machines, plasma cutters, the 3D printers that print bricks out of clay, etc...

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    I assume "hobbits" was a typo for "hobbyist", but I love the image of Sam Gamgee sitting outside the door of his hobbit hole, smoking a pipe and watching his RepRap whirr back and forth.
    – mlp
    May 29, 2012 at 4:42
  • +1 for the LOTR crossover. One Rep Rap to rule them all...
    – Everett
    Aug 21, 2012 at 20:42

Upvote for "personal manufacturing"

  • There's a button for that...
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 25, 2012 at 9:28
  • doh... sorry guess i was still in github mode.
    – h0st1le
    May 12, 2012 at 18:50

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