The Future Is Here: A New Industrial Revolution
24 July – 29 October 2013
The Design Museum has teamed up with the Technology Strategy Board to investigate how sweeping changes in manufacturing are transforming our world.
The ways we manufacture, fund, distribute, and buy are progressing at an astonishing rate. This exhibition sets out to prove that the new industrial revolution has the potential to affect everyone.
The core theme is mass customisation. From trainer manufacturers offering customers around the globe the chance to personalise their shoes, to 3D printed dolls with features that consumers can design and order online, the boundaries between designer, maker and consumer are rapidly disappearing.
The display looks at the role that mediums such as 3D printing, nanotechnology, crowd funding, social networking and online marketplaces, have played in removing the barriers of access to manufacturing.
Visitors will also be able to visit the museum's Factory where they can discover how 3D printing works and witness live production.
As you might expect, an array of high tech gadgetry features in this display, including a loom invented by Lexus to weave steering wheels and dashboards from strong carbon fibre.
Elsewhere, you can marvel at the range of Makiedolls - a toy that allows the consumer to choose the exact design of its eyes, nose, jaw, smile, hair, clothes hands and feet.