Comparing the Industrial Revolution to the Personal Manufacturing Industrial Revolution
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|Industrial revolution||Personal manufacturing “evolution”|
|Communications||Telegraph, telephone, improved commercial printing technologies||Internet, online shopping, online user communities, search and rank algorithms that enable users to find what they’re looking for in the chaos, online blueprints|
|Power||Steam, coal, electricity||Powerful computing technologies bring formerly industrial-scale design and analytical capabilities to the masses|
|Machine technology||Steam engines, coal burning machines, looms, automated agricultural technologies.
Factory-scale machines mass produced standardized objects very quickly
|Personal fabrication machines are ready for home use, outside the factory.
Cheaper and easier CAD software Hardware and electronic components get smaller and cheaper and more powerful
|Distribution infrastructure||Rail ways, improved roads, the postal system||The Internet becomes the distribution infrastructure.
Fabbers are local so no distribution or inventory is needed
|Consumers||Emerging consumer markets eagerly purchased lower-cost mass produced items||Today’s consumers want to be unique and express themselves with custom objects|
|Labor||Unskilled labor could assemble objects on an assembly line||Unskilled consumers, like unskilled computer users, can design and operate their own manufacturing machinery|