By the end of the decade, most automakers had switched from the more traditional assembly lines to assembly lines.
The result: The majority of modern cars are built at either the factory or the supplier side of the production line.
And that’s the case in a number of auto parts companies, where workers are paid well below the minimum wage, and where they’re often not allowed to have sick days, overtime or a guaranteed job safety net.
And for many of them, those who don’t have jobs, it can mean long hours, even days off.
But what if the automaker’s production line didn’t just work, but also made products?
What if the company’s entire supply chain didn’t exist, but rather, a tiny network of supply chain managers, suppliers, distributors, manufacturers and distributors?
If all that were possible, the company wouldn’t need to produce its own cars and trucks, but instead would be able to rely on parts made in other places to make its own vehicles.
In this case, it would be a very different world.
There are still some automakers that don’t build parts.
Ford has its own assembly line, but it also builds parts from suppliers, and these suppliers can make any number of things from parts to parts to other parts.
These suppliers, or even suppliers that buy parts from Ford, will be able manufacture parts for the vast majority of vehicles, regardless of whether they’re made in the assembly line or in some other way.
This is why there are plenty of suppliers who make all sorts of other parts, from suspension to lights, for all sorts the various vehicles we buy.
That’s a pretty simple, but hugely important distinction.
It also means that there are lots of ways to make a car.
There’s the “factory” option, where the company makes a car, or a truck, or whatever else the factory needs.
Then there’s the open source option, in which the company can build the car, truck or SUV themselves.
Then finally there are the independent makers, in all of which case the company does the actual manufacturing.
And these all make the same cars, trucks or SUVs, whether they are made in factories or not.
That means that the companies that make them all have a common set of manufacturing processes.
In the future, we’re going to see lots of things that look like this.
If the factories don’t need parts, the people who make them can build them on their own, without having to rely upon factories or suppliers or suppliers and suppliers.
And if the factories do need parts for their products, they can make them at home.
And this is where the world could go.
This kind of open source manufacturing has already been done in some small ways, such as in the auto parts business, where some automakers have made their own cars.
And it could continue to happen.
In fact, it could expand further, with the creation of a whole new type of manufacturing, in the form of open hardware, or open-source manufacturing.
It’s a term that comes up a lot in the tech world.
It refers to the open design that exists when a manufacturer can use its own components to build an object on a 3D printer, for instance, or the open hardware of the Raspberry Pi, the computer system used to create digital art.
The open source model could be similar to open hardware.
And in the future it could become more like open hardware in that it could allow companies to make parts at home, even if they don’t make the cars or trucks themselves.
So if you’re looking for a future that could be more like what we have now, open source could mean a lot more than simply building things at home for your own use.
What’s more, open hardware could be used for things like building robots, autonomous vehicles, autonomous software and much more.
In a world where open source is available to everyone, the possibilities for new manufacturing models, new technologies and new industries could expand.
The next time you hear someone say that they’d like to see more automation, think about the future of manufacturing.
That is the future that open source has opened up.
In other words, open sources could mean the future is possible.
This article was originally published at The Huffington-Post and is republished here with permission.