So You Think You Can Design A Better Mini-Fridge For Your Dorm Room?

Have a design in mind for the next best appliance on the market?

GE wants to know., a new manufacturing model by GE, the University of Louisville and Local Motors, lets community members submit ideas, vote on concepts and decide what new products will move on to production.

While crowd sourcing is a popular concept in other industries, GE is the first manufacturer to pair co-creation with micro-manufacturing.

With, GE aims to speed up the time it takes to get a product from the drawing board to the market. The key to faster development lies in small-batch production of the ideas that come to fruition.

You don’t have to be an engineer or an expert to participate. Anyone can submit ideas and vote. The neat part is, community members get to watch the products being built in real time.

The initial FirstBuild micro-factory is in Louisville, Ky., GE Appliances headquarters.

“This new model will enable us to be more creative in the design and delivery of the products,” said Kevin Nolan, GE Appliances VP of Technology, in a press release. “… FirstBuild will also enable us to move select products to larger scale production with more confidence because they will have been vetted by the new platform first.

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