Brave New World for Business & Consumers

Professor Thomas A. Easton writes in the latest issue of The Futurist about how improvements in three-dimensional printing technology and new business models (such as that of Ponoko) are enabling products to be manufactured on-demand from digital design files. He imagines a not-too-distant future in which consumers will have 3D printers, or “fabbers,” right on their home desktops, ready to manufacture products purchased online in an instant.

You can download a PDF of his paper here to read Easton’s take on the Ponoko business model, what it mans and what might follow. Or check out his Blog for more.

Via Automating Invention

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