The Future of Manufacturing

Manufacturing Disruptors

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • By: Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC.com

    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.

  • Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

  • A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

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

  • Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

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

  • How Quirky Is Disrupting Manufacturing

    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.

2014 CNBC Disruptor 50

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