Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has provided an instant a preemptive marketplace for projects to raise capital through individual investors. The practice is known as “crowdfunding”. This is HUGE for machinists. We’ve all seen good ideas floating around the shop but the two biggest hurdles to turning an idea into a product have been funding and marketing. Kickstarter not only solves both these problems but allows an inventor to put a precision machined product into the hands of everyday individuals, kind of what like Apple does.