dpd1 - 4:13 pm on Jul 16, 2008 (gmt 0)
I wish every consumer watched shows like "How it's Made" or "Made in America". I think a huge percentage of people do think stuff is made by robotic machines, when it reality, even some of the largest companies still use good old fashioned hand labor. The term 'hand made' use to evoke a sense of quality. Sometimes I get the feeling that now it evokes a sense of un-professionalism. 'Oh... You mean a real person is making my item? Can't I have a machine do it?' When I've mentioned the labor involved and it's cost, I've actually had customers tell me I should have everything done by CNC... So do I! Got 50k I can have? People watch these motorcycle and car shows that have machine tool companies lined up around the block to give them free stuff, and they think that everybody can have stuff like that.