Saturday, March 13, 2010
The thought of being able to manufacture almost anything in your home, garage, etc. is intriguing. Most manufacturing requires factories with high capital costs, highly specialized personnel such as designers, engineers, etc. and require large volumes of generic products to offer a decent ROI. The cloud manufacturer, by contrast, is low cost, small, can literally be done in the home, support is offered by an on-line community, enabling the manufacturing of custom products at low volume, potentially one-off production, with an ROI that is almost immediate. The capital cost is so low it is almost negligible.