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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

by Chris Anderson

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Excellent overview of 3D printing and small batch manufacturing, told with good case studies and anecdotes. Anderson coveys the feeling we're on the edge of something big. Cobbled together from vaguely-related magazine articles though. ( )
  adzebill | Feb 5, 2014 |
In this book, Chris Anderson (the former editor of Wired, not the head of TED) gives an interesting account of the maker movement. Makers are people who are using the latest technology, such as 3D printers like the MakerBot Replicator 2, to create physical objects, both for themselves and to sell to others. Makers are both taking hobbies to a new level and creating businesses based on mass customization. He shows how the combination of the Web, software tools, and relatively low-priced devices like 3D printers and CNC machines are changing the shape of manufacturing. Anderson uses experiences such as his grandfather’s invention of improvements to lawn sprinkler equipment and his own personal DIY drones experience to explain the changes. He does most of this by looking at examples. Though little of the information in Anderson’s book was new to me, he does a good job of pulling it together. I came away from the book itching to try my hand at some sort of manufacturing business. I recommend this book to both those interested in participating as a maker or to those wanting to know about some important trends in the 21st Century. ( )
  wbc3 | Oct 3, 2013 |
Useful read alongside [b:Makers|6422238|Makers|Cory Doctorow|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347786469s/6422238.jpg|6611457] to counter exuberant future visions with an overview of what's actually possible right now (and soon). ( )
  amelish | Sep 12, 2013 |
Not a bad book and a nice quick read. As others have stated, it's a nice intro to do some of the "garage entrepreneurship" in the US.

There's some rough spots in the book, particularly towards the start. (The first couple of chapters feel pretty repetitive and a couple of comments get repeated frequently. This seems about par of the course for some books out in the past few years, particularly with a business focus. If you don't know that CNC is a subtractive technology by the end of the book, there's not much hope for you).

The author also has a tendency to paint a rosy picture of the possibilities. There may be lower barriers to entry, but they still exists. Future fortunes may often also need a great deal of luck, not just creativity.

The other issue is that as a book it manages to miss some of the big events in the Maker type community over the past year and half. (Off the top of my head, the print your own gun type of things, Makerbot including DRM and also interesting things like Ouya aren't covered).

For the amount of time it takes to read though, it's certainly worth taking a look if you have any interest. A decent book and a nice introduction to the world of niche manufacturing. ( )
  JonathanGorman | Jun 13, 2013 |
An important industry-insider perspective on maker culture and open source work, with a particular focus on moving from hobby to business and on 3D printing. Highly recommended. Review copy (digital galley) provided by the publisher via NetGalley.com . (178)

Added: Anderson, former editor of WIRED, provides an outstanding overview of the maker movement as a community of like-minded, generous sharers. While focused particularly on his own experience building a D-I-Y drone-building community into a profitable business, and less on the tinkering-as-hobby aspect, this is a must-read for makers. ( )
  activelearning | Dec 5, 2012 |
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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”.

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"Wired" magazine editor and bestselling author Anderson takes readers 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.

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