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The Future of Manufacturing: 3D Printing Makes the Cover of the Economist


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"additive manufacturing will make production local again"
for at least 2 billion people (1/3rd of the world), but also many more, production is still 'local'.
What I find empowering, and what in my opinion will matter more to more people, is that production will be de-centralized for the first time. By taking the specialist knowledge about precision electronics from Japanese know-how, and spreading it in a more accessible way throughout the internet, along with the ability to prototype and produce it anywhere, we are truly on the way to democratize design/manufacturing - ability to make things, experiences and effect change.
#1 Artur on 2011-02-15 14:24 (Reply)
Great article! I'm going to read it twice cause it's just that cool. Here's to hoping that article and others like it will spark more interest in 3D printing and thus make everyone's costs lower.
#2 Christina Westbrook on 2011-02-15 20:06 (Reply)
This is how I found Shapeways, now to think what I can do with it all!
#3 haimaertens on 2011-02-17 14:23 (Reply)
Welcome, we look forward to seeing what you do too..
#4 duann scott on 2011-02-17 14:26 (Reply)

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