The summary didn't do a good job of explaining the appellate court order in this case. The judges were essentially saying that the issue was not ripe for consideration at their level, because Hansmeier needs to make the request in district court and have it denied there first. He can appeal the district court's refusal to issue a stay, but only after that decision is actually made.
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Chris Anderson, the author of “The Long Tail”, former editor-in-chief Wired Magazine, and current CEO/Founder of 3D Robotics, titled his new book “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution”. I ignored the title – I thought would be a primer for anyone interested in 3D Printing. Not really.
If you are interested in the technical specifications of a certain printer, this is not your book. Differences between stereolithography and fused deposition modelling? Not here. Roughly 5 pages deal with the technology of 3D printing itself. What this book is — a great read for anyone interested in how 3D printing could affect one of the core of the modern age – manufacturing.
Early on, the author quotes Marx “power belongs to those who control the means of production”. This is fitting as the book is more of manifesto of a new manufacturing ethos than anything else. It is a blueprint on the future of a crowd-funded, open-sourced, creative commons, and artisanal approach to the business of making stuff.
The writing is clear and engaging. The book covers a whole lot more ground than your typical “business and innovation” book. My general experience with these books is that they state an idea, re-state for the rest of the book, supported with anecdotes for why this idea is correct, useful and/or ground-breaking. Unlike those books – Anderson’s narrative arcs from the cottage industry that supported massive factories and warehouses of Manchester during the Industrial Revolution to desktop publishing enabled by the early Macs and PCs to the current global supply chains which bring us cheap, accessible goods. It completes the arc by bringing us to his vision of future of manufacturing where web-based technologies act as an enabler for a completely new way of manufacturing.
He starts by walking us through the trials of his grandfather — a tinkerer / inventor close who actually overcame the major hurdles facing an inventor on his way to becoming an entrepreneur. In Mr. Anderson’s view, the hurdles of convincing a manufacturer to make, then market and actively sell an item keep many great products from seeing the light of day. His core thesis is that now many of these barriers are lowered, or non-existent, which will lead to a sea-change in manufacturing – an industry already multiples bigger, more pervasive and impactful than the digital economy.
This change will be brought on by the “Maker Movement “- a movement that uses digital tools to create designs, has a culture to share these designs openly and freely, and uses a common file standard to allow anyone to make these designs. An open source community (à la Linux) geared towards making things in the real world – not in Minecraft. His claim is that this will change society as much as the Industrial Revolution. He argues that that Revolution was as much due to an increase in the number of inventions and the transformation of the process of invention itself as it was to cotton, steam and coal. By combining that inventor’s ethos with the advances and changes brought on by a much more recent revolution (the web) he sees the great opportunity of the Maker Movement is to be artisanal and innovative, small yet global.
The book is more about creating an open source manufacturing industry, and explaining how a business can thrive outside of current intellectual property regimes, supply chains of specialized, low cost mass producers, and big-box retailers (and their large scale marketing campaigns). He talks about being more agile than large companies, getting products to market faster use open source R&D, and a community of rabidly (my words – not his) loyal customers.
Along the way, he pulls insights from his knowledge of the web-based communities and technologies; the book itself is a goldmine of identifying interesting players in the field. He walks through how to fund and finance in this brave new open-source world (noting crowdfunders like KickStarter), how the web enables a small entrepreneur to hook into large manufacturing firms who will make what you want, in the amounts you want, and finally walks through some of the tools you will need to start your own open-source manufacturing firm.
For me, the most intriguing part of the book was the epilogue – where he finishes with a few scenarios of what this could look like in the big picture – essentially how could the majority use this technology.
It’s this piece that I wanted answers throughout the book – Is 3D Printing for real? Why will I need a 3D Printer in my living room to print out plastic tchochkes? (def: tchochke – “trinket”Yiddish) Should I go out and buy up stock in 3D Printing so I don’t miss out on an Apple-like bonanza? Is it the next Betamax? Or will it overthrow regimes and remake the world, like Twitter or the steam engine?
To be fair, he doesn’t pretend to be looking at these issues or presenting the potential dark side of a world where plastic do-dads are even easier to obtain and dispose. He does not go into what could derail the bright future he paints. He is unabashedly, and most of the time convincingly, selling a vision of a new approach to an old industry.
And it may be that this old industry is already dying – it just doesn’t know it yet. I’m sure the bicycle industry is feeling the heat.
Seriously. They can print a bikecomplete with chain and wheels, ball bearings already in.
Maybe the future is already here.
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Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Crown Business (October 2, 2012)
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