Wired magazine editor and best selling author Chris Anderson's new book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution is an excellent and easy read detailing the transformation that is happening in manufacturing.
Chris Anderson writes about the 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”.
In Chapter 12, Chris talks about MFG.com in terms of being a Factory in the Cloud.