Distributed manufacturing (or Distributed production or local manufacturing) is about being able to produce what you need close to where you are
- Peer-to-peer (P2P) features that are developing in today's society
- Technology enabling automation of production from designs encoded on computer and production at home with an open-source 3-D printer such as the RepRap.
This form of production is ocuring now with 3-D printers and with Fablab, which are already prototyped and in use throughout the world. Initial life cycle analysis indicates that distributed production can have a smaller impact on the environment than conventional manufacturing and shipping because of reductions in transportation embodied energy.
- Open-source, self-replicating 3-D printer factory for small-business manufacturing
- Multi-material additive and subtractive prosumer digital fabrication with a free and open-source convertible delta RepRap 3-D printer
- Mobile Open-Source Solar-Powered 3-D Printers for Distributed Manufacturing in Off-Grid Communities
- Evaluation of Potential Fair Trade Standards for an Ethical 3-D Printing Filament
- Reversing the Trend of Large Scale and Centralization in Manufacturing: The Case of Distributed Manufacturing of Customizable 3-D-Printable Self-Adjustable Glasses
- Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers
- Open source 3-D printing of OSAT
- Green manufacturing
- Local food
- Environmental impacts of distributed manufacturing from 3-D printing of polymer components and products