3D printers get all the press.
But there are a growing number of other manufacturing tools and equipment democratizing manufacturing and enabling small and even solopreneur manufacturing companies.
Kickstarter's article Future Fab Lab and More at the 2016 World Maker Faire covers some of the more interesting of these tools.
Wazer, for example, is a desktop waterjet cutter. It can cut through most any material, allowing industrial grade shaping of metal and stone.
Wazer costs under $5,000, which is dramatically less than the $100,000 + cost of most industrial waterjet cutters.
Mr. Beam is a desktop laser cutter and engraver. It can be used to cut through materials like wood, fabric and cardboard or for engraving on most any material.
It costs around $3,000, which is again substantially cheaper than most machines of this type.
FormBox is a vacuum former that's used to shape plastic. One of the cooler aspects of this product is it uses a vacuum cleaner to draw the suction power it needs.
Formbox starts at under $500.
We covered the growing number of solopreneur manufacturing companies earlier this year. These numbers will only increase as tools like those shown above become even cheaper and more capable.
For more on this topic, see our Small Manufacturing section.