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Democratizing ‘factors of production’ is the next industrial revolution

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Chris Anderson has this very cool article in Wired Magazine.  It’s all about how small, independently owned businesses are pulling resources from open-source media and crowd-sourcing to build, design, and bring to market innovative products that fulfill consumer wants not met by big, slow-adapting corporations.  The article highlights a number of businesses which blogger Jason Kottke terms “small batch” because (like good bourbon) they focus on craftsmanship, producing quality over quantity.

One company, MakerBot, produces 3-D printers for sale at less than $1,000. Another, Anderson’s own DIY Drones, helps flight enthusiasts share ideas and collaborate to build their own personal unmanned aerial vehicles. But to me, the two most awesome small batch businesses profiled by Anderson were:

  • Local Motors, whose mission is to “lead the next generation of automotive manufacturing, design, and technology in order to revolutionize the industry with game-changing efficient vehicles and an unprecedented standard of customer service.”

Local Motor's "Rally Fighter" designed by Sangho Kim

  • BrickArms, a manufacturer of custom built hardcore LEGO weapons!


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  1. We are really moving towards a new era of personal manufacturing..and we are really proud to be part of this new Industrial Revolution! Congrats from the Ponoko team.


    Olga Sasplugas/

    February 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    • You’re right. This definitely seems like a good road to head down. The more that individuals can take control over the design and manufacturing of the products they want… the better.


      February 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

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