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The Future of Manufacturing

Manufacturing Disruptors

Manufacturing Outside the Confines of Factories
The 5 companies named as a CNBC Disruptors: 3D Robotics, Makerbot, Quirky, Shapeways, and Rethink Robotics are redefining the business of manufacturing.

The 5 companies named as a CNBC Disruptor: 3D Robotics, Makerbot, Quirky, Shapeways, Rethink Robotics are redefining the business of manufacturing.

  • 3-D Printing: This Generation's 'Moon Shot' Moment Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | 8:35 AM ET
    Cliff Fischer of Wisconsin Precision Casting uses 3-D printing and iPads on the manufacturing floor.

    3-D printing holds much promise for many sectors. But innovation brings risks, such as 3-D guns. In addition, is America's workforce ready for advanced manufacturing jobs?

  • Amazon Rolls Out 3-D Printer Shopping Section Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | 2:36 PM ET
    3-D printer by Makerbot for sale on Amazon.com.

    Amazon has launched a section on its website where consumers can buy 3-D printers and related materials, including software, all in one place.

  • Pandora's Printer: a Disruptive Manufacturing Era Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | 11:20 AM ET

    From 3-D printing to drones you can buy for less than a computer, the disruptions to the traditional manufacturing model have opened up a Pandora's box of possibility.

  • 3D Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

  • MakerBot Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

  • Quirky Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    A collaborative platform for every aspect of product development—from original idea to manufacturing and marketing.

  • Rethink Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

  • Shapeways Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Pioneering on-demand 3D printing marketplace and community to make, buy, and sell custom and personalized products.

  • Open-source technology and low-cost tools are bringing product development out of the confines of factories, reports CNBC's Julia Boorstin. And, Ben Kaufman, Quirky CEO & founder, explains how his company's innovative initiatives are changing the way things are made.

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Videos

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss the IPO of cloud storage firm Box. CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down competition in the cloud space.

Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET

Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, discusses the growing trend among some consumers to bypass banks and borrow money directly from individuals.

Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

Quirky CEO and founder Ben Kaufman explains how his manufacturing company helps businesses fund the invention process and demonstrates several of this season's top gadgets.

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Most Popular Video

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

CNBC's Stephanie Landsman discusses how the luxury rental boom isn't confined to New York City and its boroughs, but that developers are seeing new opportunities in New Jersey.

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

CNBC's Josh Lipton and Allison+Partners Head of Digital Jeremy Rosenberg discuss what Microsoft needs to do to boost Xbox One sales as PS4 sales break the 7 million mark.

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:13 PM ET

Dissecting today's market activity and the current state of financials, with Yra Harris, Praxis Trading partner; Larry Glazer, Mayflower Advisors; CNBC contributor Carol Roth; "Fast Money" Guy Adami and CNBC's Kate Kelly.