Costa Rica News – Digital manufacturing tools are rescuing Sarchi’s heritage.
The handicrafts that made the area well known is a craft that had been losing momentum.
The younger generations were uninterested in carrying on the trade.
New technologies are changing much about the trade. New craftsmen are being attracted to the use of laser cutters to make their creations. This allows a shorter process and greater productivity.
Wood and leather can now be modeled by laser and computer controlled cutting machines.
The artists and digital manufacturing tools come together to accomplish great works. In the end, they are still hand painted.
The National Institute of Learning was able to give a five day workshop and work with the neighbors for a whole month to grant a certification in digital handicrafts.
Some now want to buy the new technologies.