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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution | [Chris Anderson]

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Wired magazine editor and best-selling 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".

©2012 Chris Anderson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Chris understands that the owners of the means of production get to decide what is produced. And now you're the owner. This book will change your life, whether you read it or not, so I suggest you get in early." (Seth Godin, best-selling author of Tribes and Purple Cow)

"A visionary preview of the next technological revolution. If you want to know where the future is headed, start here." (Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0)

"Makers is must read for understanding the transformative changes that are shaping, and will shape, the future of inventing." (Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality)

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 01-12-13
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "A Glimpse Into the Future"

    I've listened to all of Chris Anderson's books, and they are always interesting and thought provoking. He also writes with great flow, meaning that the story moves forward in a logical and engaging way without a lot of unnecessary repetition.

    This book is the logical culmination of taking the Long Tail from the world of bits to the world of atoms. Anderson's insights regarding new manufacturing techniques (mainly 3D printing) and their widespread availability to the masses are important. Anderson always approaches things from an open source point of view, and I don't entirely agree with that (neither for that matter would Steve Jobs). The methods of monetizing open source largely remain to be discovered and proven.

    All that said, this is an important and very interesting book. Anyone who works in the manufacturing field should read it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 10-30-12
    Lynn 10-30-12
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    "Decomcratization of Manufacturing"

    Are you interested in the future of small business and manufacturing in the US? Do you want to know what is happening on the cutting edge of design technology? Do you know what 3-D printing, digital fabrication and the makers are? Then Chris Anderson’s introduction titled Makers: The New Industrial Revolution will bring you up short for sure. Anderson (The Long Tail; Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing) is the editor of Wired Magazine who will guide you through the brave new technological world that is pushing us into the future. He opens with an introduction to the invention revolution and how it is contributing to the new industrial revolution. He explains how design and manufacturing are changing the face of the economy and how desktop factories linked to open hardware are driving that revolution. His description of 3-D printing is worth the price of the book to the unfamiliar. He clearly introduces computer numerical control, G-code and its importance, and software like CAD and its use. Those who despair for the US economy and manufacturing there is hope, for Anderson tells how custom batch work can well come home. Some may find Anderson’s approach a bit Pollyannaish, simplistic, or overly optimistic, but there is still much here to stimulate thinking and inform readers. This is a good book readily available to the nontechnical type just interested. The reading of Rene Ruiz is excellent.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 01-20-13
    Grant NANTUCKET, MA, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Go forth and make stuff."

    The world is changing. And the revolution of how people create, manufacture and design is a big part of it. This movement alone could bring manufacturing back to the US in a big way. I think everyone who is getting out of college in the next four years should read this (and other books written by Anderson) to fully understand how the business and creative world is changing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tarik RAYMOND, OH, United States 11-30-12
    Tarik RAYMOND, OH, United States 11-30-12

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    "Good basic information, but not a lot of good info"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I had a friend that knew nothing of CNC technology or rapid prototyping and they simply wanted to understand the industry at a surface deep level, I would surely recommend this book. The problem is that the author really did not offer up any new information outside of what one might read in a couple news articles. There are surely more efficient ways to get this information outside of sitting through this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Anderson again?

    Probably not. Maybe good news articles, but he should lay off from writing books.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good narration.


    Could you see Makers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    haha, really? no. This is a technical/business book, not really something tv worthy. Ok, I will play along... Charlie Sheen can play narrator/womanizer, Nicholas Cage can run around being over dramatic about 3d printers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was not entirely bad, it just lacked solid information and really just skimmed the surface. More what I would expect from an article in the paper than from a full book. At times the author seems to be talking simply to use up space and meet the publishers word count. I have quite a bit of experience with cnc tools and a little background (3 college credits) on rapid prototyping (essentially what the author calls 3d printing). I found a lot of the information to be factually wrong and over simplified. Clearly the author is writing as if he is an expert on the subject, but really only has a textbook (or Google) understanding of the subject. Once again, if you are coming at this subject with no background and very little interest, you will learn a little. But you are probably better off reading up on the subject elsewhere if you want a working knowledge of the subject. This book may serve as a good superficial primer to the subject. Also remember, the author makes everything out to be easier than it really is. This technology was developed by Engineers for engineers, not to say that anyone can not take it on. Just remember, it is not going to be as easy as imagining a pretty object and then hitting print. Likewise, there is still quite a bit of post processing that needs to happen before you will ever have a reasonable final product (with certain exceptions).

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-19-12
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 10-19-12 Member Since 2002
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    "no more overalls"

    Fascinating survey of how the world of bits has impacted product design and manufacturing. Loved one of the soundbites: "barriers to entry are now ankle high."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    rx8pilot 09-06-14
    rx8pilot 09-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Useful way to reset some of my thinking"
    What made the experience of listening to Makers the most enjoyable?

    This book helped me get out of some of my stagnant thinking. I have been a small manufacturer for 7 years, making my sole living this way. It was helpful to take a break and listen to some variations of someone's experience. There are no real earth shattering concepts presented, but it covers many useful concepts that can be forgotten by those that have been "makers" for a while. I was happy to get more than a giddy overview of how a 3D printer can make anyone an inventor - it covers the thinking and resources needed to make something that is real. 3D printing is .001% of product development and this book appropriately only spends a little time on that topic and explaining its limits as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I will say that the author tends to gloss over the gritty and detailed reality of designing, making, and marketing products on a small to modest scale. It is indeed easier than ever before, but it is a mind numbing, back breaking, and financially risky career path. The book emphasizes the glamorous victories without much said about the hard core challenge of building a multi-discipline super skill set to create something and form a business around it based largely on "Google" knowledge. Victories are hard to come by and failures can be financial disasters that take years to recover from.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron Van Holland 08-26-14

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    Any additional comments?

    Manufacturing with 3-D "printer" technology will dramatically change manufacturing. It could be another leg in the Industrial Revolution. I thought this book could have been condensed to one or two chapters. The rest seemed repetitive to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius 01-20-14
    Flavius 01-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great for understanding the maker movement"
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    If I were to start my own maker business I sure would, but otherwise as a consumer, the information comes across as "here's what you need to know", and thus has limited replay value.


    Would you recommend Makers to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a very helpful book to understand the way modern manufacturing and production is being changed by the internet and democratization of factories. Leaves you with a sense of capability and motivation to make something.


    Did Rene Ruiz do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, it was easy to tell who was doing what. There weren't that many characters besides a few references, but each one was differentiated well enough.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "People Power, Printers, and Production"


    Any additional comments?

    Great for introducing others to the maker movement, but as somebody that's already been fairly caught up, some of the material was a bit redundant and less useful once you already get the gist of the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol C. Buchalter 07-27-13
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    ""Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." It's on its way."

    Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine and "The Long Tail" has written another insightful book about and emerging technological and societal phenomenon.

    Three-D printing,small-batch internet based manufacturing, and the culture of shared creativity are changing the face of manufacturing and erasing the advantage of outsourcing jobs.

    When Captain Picard of the Enterprise ordered a cup of hot tea from the replicator, it was fiction. Today, we can make the tea cup. It is not unimaginable that soon, we can fill the cup with tea, too.

    Very well read, I enjoyed the cadence and timber of the narrator's voice. Some of the material gets a little dry and geeky, but the narration helped keep it from being boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13
    Karl Redmond, WA, United States 07-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Yes!"
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    A classic listen. The ideas discussed help listeners think about how the world is going to be shaped. It will be interesting to see how the ideas, parallel with large tech companies, think Amazon Locker and Bufferbox, that are improving logistics, and if local libraries begin to purchase this printers.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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