The New Industrial Revolution

eBook - 2012
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3D Robotics co-founder and bestselling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today's entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop.

In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web's innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent--creating "the long tail of things".
Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307720979
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 257 p.) : ill.


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JCLNickWB Oct 20, 2015

Interesting read about Anderson's journey and impact in the maker movement. As well as many examples of who the players are, and how and why the landscape is changing. I think there are a lot of takeaways for people interested in the maker movement in greater context, or for anyone that is alive and entrepreneurial.

Oct 12, 2014

It’s easier than ever before to be an entrepreneur and start a business. This is a good thing. Chris Anderson starts with this basic premise in his book Makers The New Industrial Revolution. And he’s not just talking about web-based and cloud-based businesses that dominate the world of startups. He’s talking about the “Real World of Places and Stuff.” In other words, businesses that make things.

Nov 11, 2012

Well written and interesting. Products can not only made locally using desktop equipment, but they basically consist of information, or instructions on how they are to be made. This allows for unprecedented sharing, mixing, improving. In addition there are many on-line (and local) low-cost services that will act as your own personal factory making one or a thousand of your latest idea. This way of making physical objects is possibly a revolution because it not only affects how everything will be made, but it effects rates of innovation, personalization, and taking ownership of the means of production.

Written by Chris Anderson, the author of the bestseller The Long Tail and Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Very nice introduction to the Maker Movement. Many interesting stories. Emphasizes that we are born Makers as evidenced by our fascination with blocks, Lego, models, Meccano sets, etc. Anderson believes that desktop digital fabrication can allow individual innovators to reinvent manufacturing and create sorely needed jobs in a new industrial revolution. Certainly makes you think about the possible future!


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