Platform Design has an interesting article and video on the topic of personal fabrication. Presenter Neil Gershenfeld speaks less on specific device and technologies, but more on the social aspects – including the sense personal power that appears when individuals have the ability to create the things they want. He also discusses the issues that result when society changes from one that consumes products to one that manufactures its own products. According to Gershenfeld, people are:
Sources, not sinks
This thought provoking 18 minute video was originally presented at the TED conference. On the same page there is a second 2 minute video where Gershenfeld provides a brief overview of personal manufacturing.
Via Platform Design