The intersection of social computing (e.g. web 2.0) and new technologies of fabrication are creating novel opportunities for local manufacturing and small businesses.
Rapid Prototyping www.rapidprototypinghomepage.com/
This is a directory of everything to do with rapid prototyping including where to get materials, and how to use different systems, and links to different labs using it.
Simonite, Tom. (2007). Desktop fabricator may kick-start home revolution. NewScientist. Retrieved October 20, 2008, from http://technology.newscientist.com/article/dn10922-desktop-fabricator-may-kickstart-home-revolution.html
ABSTRACT: A cheap self-assembly device capable of fabricating 3D objects has been developed by US researchers. They hope the machine could kick start a revolution in home fabrication – or “rapid prototyping” – just as early computer kits sparked an explosion in home computing.