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The Insourcing Boom - Charles Fishman - The Atlantic
"After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States."
business  business-model  outsourcing  american  economics  capitalism  production  manufacturing 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Hall’s Law: The Nineteenth Century Prequel to Moore’s Law
"Interchangeability of parts breaks the coupling between scaling and manufacturing capacity by substituting supply-chain limits for manufacturing limits. For a rifle, you can build up a stockpile of spare parts in peace time, and deliver an uninterrupted supply of parts to match the breakdown rate. There is no need to predict which part might break down in order to meaningfully anticipate and prepare. You can also distribute production optimally (close to raw material sources or low-cost talent for instance), since there is no need to locate craftsmen near the point-of-use.

So when interchangeability was finally achieved and had diffused through the economy as standard practice (a process that took about 65 years), demand-management complexity moved to the supply chain, and most problems could be solved by distributing inventories appropriately." Annotated link
history  economic  technology  innovation  manufacturing  interchangeable  industrial  18c  19c  country(UnitedStates)  country(GreatBritain)  military  growth  revolution  capitalism  capital  design 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Open Source Ecology
"The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."
open-source  ecology  environment  civilization  manufacturing  makers  making  technology  crisis 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Breakthrough Journal: Vaclav Smil : THE MANUFACTURING OF DECLINE
Popular fears that America is an empire in decline rise and fall with the business cycle -- or, more recently, the bubble cycle. One can only hope that, as the economy recovers, the surfeit of excited comparisons between the United States and ancient Rome will dissipate, allowing more sober assessments of America's future to take center stage. In a recent book, Why America is Not a New Rome, I observed that American decline after 1945 was inevitable, but that the US trade deficit and the significant relative retreat of manufacturing were not. This essay takes a closer look at the rapid decline of American manufacturing in comparison to other wealthy nations, challenges the reasons given for why Americans need not worry, and argues that for the United States to overcome its economic straits it must increase its export of manufactured goods.
economics  manufacturing  business  business-cycle  international 
july 2011 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Drilling down into the manufacturing consensus
All the above shows strong and broad support for reviatilizing American manufacturing. And this support exists despite virtually no discussion of these issues in the Versailles media. The political potential for a pro-active manufacturing agenda is huge. The example of Germany shows how much there is to be gained economically. We call ourselves the "reality-based community". Will we live up to our name?
polls  economics  opinion  manufacturing  industrial-policy 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Built to Trash -- In These Times
Cooper argues for “product life extension”—making things more durable, using them properly, and ensuring they are maintained, repaired, upgraded, and reused. A key obstacle, he says, is the perception (supported by public policies) that higher levels of consumption yield greater happiness.
consumerism  consumption  environment  sustainability  manufacturing  business  reuse 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Restoring American Competitiveness -
Decades of outsourcing manufacturing has left U.S. industry without the means to invent the next generation of high-tech products that are key to rebuilding its economy.
business  innovation  american  future  economics  competition  international  trade  manufacturing  recession  r&d  investment  industry  outsourcing 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Concrete Being Remixed With Environment in Mind -
Advances in concrete manufacturing, features the new 35W bridge in Minneapolis.
building  transportation  manufacturing  infrastructure 
april 2009 by tsuomela
submit designs for objects and have them made custom for you
art  design  invention  creativity  diy  manufacturing  community 
april 2008 by tsuomela

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