The article begins discussing how New York City was once the capital of manufacturing in America, how it has been in constant decline since 1950. The new kids on the block Quirky and Shapeways are bringing design and manufacturing through creative communities bringing products to market in innovative ways.
The article on Making The Future looks at how robots and people now team up to manufacture things in new ways, from 'light's out' manufacturing to manufacturing that goes unattended for weeks at a time. Here it expands on what is already emerging on Shapeways:
"Millions of small and medium-sized firms will benefit from new materials, cheaper robots, smarter software, an abundance of online services and 3D printers...there will be countless entrepreneurs in little workshops, homes and, no doubt, garages who will be able to do things they could never have done before.