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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

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:11 PM ET

Vasu Menon, VP, Group Wealth Management at OCBC Bank, describes why Asian shares are mixed on Thursday despite dovish comments from the Fed overnight.

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 9:13 PM ET

Ha Jiming, Vice Chairman, China at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, says China needs structural reforms that can correct imbalances in its economy.

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 8:55 PM ET

Frank Appel , CEO at Deutsche Post DHL, sees "higher chances than risks" for its business in the mainland despite recent data pointing to a slowdown.