Tokyo-based crowdsourcing service provider Crowdworks announced yesterday that it has rolled out a platform focused on hardware manufacturing, which aims to give crowdsourced workers a variety of jobs ranging from hardware planning, designs, testing, to sales. The new platform is called MakersWorks. They plan to match hardware manufacturers and construction companies with product designers and CAD engineers using the platform.
The company also intends to help companies start developing their products on a mass production basis after prototyping in partnership with 3D printing companies and electronic manufacturing services providers. Through this platform, they expect to transact deals worth several million US dollars a month.
We understand that crowdsourcing platforms have to provide their workers with a kind of jobs which are well standardized but less dependent on individual skills. However, hardware manufacturing typically requires engineering expertise dedicated to every task. So it will be interesting to see how the company can enhance their crowdsourcing capability to fit the manufacturing industry.