Eli, this is great. And useful! I went to the EAA event in Oshkosh last year to see the experimental community first-hand. I was struck by who was there. It was amateurs, sure, but also a lot of pro pilots who had a side interest in experimental aircraft. It's not just another type of person. The designation gives everyone a place to try new things. Also, it was full of EVTOLs. When we eventually get flying cars, I suspect we'll point at the experimental designation as an enabling part of the process.
Thanks for posting and considering. I agree. It would be great if more people researched this.
A simple way to start would be to study the open science hardware momentum. A few anecdotes from that scene over the past decade:
OpenROV (us) — made ROV prices >10X cheaper
Open qPCR (Chai Bio) — made qPCR multiple X cheaper
OpenTrons — made liquid handling multiple X cheaper
Cubesats (not really OSH, but similar idea) — made satellites 10x cheaper
They are all orders of magnitude more affordable, and many have completely rearranged who uses the tool, sometimes opening up big new markets. The lack of demand pull assumption should be tested.