The New Industrial Revolution

Anderson, Chris

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Random House, Inc.
Wired magazine editor 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”.

Baker & Taylor
Reveals "micro-manufacturing" as the Western business world's most significant trend for the next decade, explaining how today's entrepreneurs will be using Web principles, from open source design to 3D printing, to create smaller, competitive product batches.

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Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, argues for a "desktop revolution" in industrial production that takes advantage of the Internet, design programs like AutoCAD, 3D printers, open-source software, crowd-sourced funding, and other technological breakthroughs of the last few decades. He muses on the transformation of industrial production and how "we are all designers now." He presents four visions of desktop factories and considers how hobbies can be industrialized, and generally adulates the virtues of entrepreneurial populism. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The award-winning author of The Long Tails reveals "micro-manufacturing" as the Western business world's most significant trend for the next decade, explaining how today's entrepreneurs will be using Web principles, from open source design to 3D printing, to create smaller, competitive product batches. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Crown Business, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307720955
Branch Call Number: 338.04 A
Characteristics: viii, 257 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


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Oct 12, 2014
  • gendeg rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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
  • SunKing2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 31, 2012
  • VPL Career Commons rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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