Previously, Trends has examined the rise of digital fabrication technologies, ranging from 3D printers to laser cutters and sculptors, to bioprinters and DNA synthesizers. Increasingly, these technologies are moving from the laboratory and design studio to the factory floor and home shop. Suddenly, for the price of mass-produced goods, it is becoming technically possible to create tiny batches of goods for specific customers. Similarly, it’s possible for entrepreneurs and hobbyists to create products for themselves and customers that can theoretically compete with those produced in a factory, in terms of both quality and cost. How will this rapidly evolving trend impact the coming U.S. manufacturing renaissance? What are the economic implications? How can you profit? We’ll answer these questions and more.
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