The Coming Revolution in Manufacturing
Issue 1, 1993

New manufacturing technologies - exemplified by responsive design, moldless forming, and prototype simulation - will revolutionize the ways products are manufactured and marketed, permitting and indeed requiring the substitution of know-how for capital. Old notions of economies of scale will be stood on their heads as production runs shrink from thousands to single digits, while the voice of the customer will dictate design to a degree undreamed of today. We call this new way of making things "agile manufacturing." Its effects - on industry, the work force, and the education system - will be profound.