The shop floor at Clark Machine Tool & Die, which utilizes the MakeTime system to fill gaps in its schedule. Image courtesy MakeTime.
Nothing says successful manufacturing business like an assembly line humming with activity. But the cliché of constant activity belies the reality of unused capacity. Time is a perishable resource on factory floors, and in addition, as many makers (and frustrated Kickstarter backers) have discovered, access to proper facilities can be an issue in the age of DIY manufacturing. That disconnect between unused factory capacity and smaller concerns clamoring for access led MakeTime founder Drura Parrish to try and find a digital solution to a very analog problem.
“We just want to be the largest US machine shop that anybody has access to,” he says.