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Raw materials are as important to building up a country’s innovation culture as technology, labor skills and capital. The processing of raw materials is so important to manufacturing processes, that the success of a country’s economy can be directly determined by the amount of natural resources the country processes within its own borders. But how can grassroots inventors jumpstart materials processing in their own communities? Especially when they do not have access to the equipment larger companies have? In this workshop, we’ll explore some ingenious inventions whose sole purpose was to process raw resources to turn them from commodities into materials, and in the process ended up launching entire industries, instead of just a single machine. We’ll look at how to assess a raw resource to determine its best application as a material, what types of collaborations are most helpful in working with materials processing, and how new technologies for manufacturing are driving the development of new types of materials around the world.