The Motor Enthusiast’s Future | Part Three
Craftsmanship used to be the norm, mass produced consumption is the curreant norm, we are moving into an age that will be a balance of the two. People that end up frustrated with the job market often develop entrepreneurial tendencies.
I like “The Maker Movement” for promoting a lot of these ideas, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Someone who builds competitive rock crawlers is more of a “maker” to me than someone who 3D prints Star Wars toys. I am a strong proponent of people learning how to 3D model but, “The Maker Movement” is too cute. The bar needs to be raised.
Electronics are obviously a big part of what needs to be mastered now-a-days. The level of electronic componentry knowledge that is impressive in America is merely common sense in China. I love what people are doing with Arduinos and Raspberry Pis, but again we need to step it up. (Learning engine management for fun would be an advantage here!)
This cultural revolution could explode by simply embracing entire processes of product creation as soon as possible rather than waiting for it to inevitably happen in the future. The real breakthroughs are going to come from common folk with a diverse set of interests.
The portrayal of Ninja Turtle Donatello is what gearheads need to evolve into . He’s a scientist, electronics expert, inventor, and a gearhead! Engineers and Grease Monkeys alike can both benefit from that type of labeling. I wish I had a stereotypical term for this type of person other than to be a Donatello.
There is already an acceptance of green tech in the millions of people that make-up gearhead culture. Say what you will, but environmental responsibility is vastly more accepted today than it was just 5 years ago. NEDRA has been around for a while now, but Tesla Motors obviously deserves some credit here. With this growing awareness a certain level of respect is earned from people who have yet to be bitten by the speed bug. Suddenly we are less ignorant and we’re just people who enjoy outdoor activities like everyone else.
It’s also common knowledge to all sides that getting a gold watch after 30 years of employee service to one company is a fading quickly facade. So there’s a giant group of people that appreciate craftsmanship, Electro-Mechanical aptitude, and the desire to find work in an increasingly difficult market. We each need ways to strengthen and flex our innovational skills!
P.S. In true #UnrefinedProject form, the thoughts that I have presented here are just a start. I have much research to do, this is just one of many evolving projects, and it is subject to change. Rearranged, not refined, just put it out there raw at some point. Good projects are never finished, they are only abandoned.