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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.

  • 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
    By: Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC.com
    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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 3D Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Open-source drone technology design, engineering and manufacturing company

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: MakerBot Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    A manufacturer of desktop 3-D printers.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: Rethink Robotics Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    Creator of low-cost robotics solutions for the manufacturing sector

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • How 'Quirky' Is Disrupting Manufacturing Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | 8:42 AM ET
    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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