Made to Order: Customization in Internet-enabled Manufacturing
"Made to order," a phrase that began with the service industry, is now vital to the future of U.S. manufacturing. Manufacturing production is growing at its fastest pace in more than a decade, creating more economic value per dollar than any other sector. Adding to this surge is customization--the ability to quickly and efficiently make what you want, when you want it.
Large-scale customization is possible due to a combination of Internet-based business platforms and advances in manufacturing. From 3-D printing to cyber-physical manufacturing systems, today's and tomorrow's engineering research holds promise to improve productivity in both production and the supply chain, benefiting suppliers and customers along the way.
Provided by the National Science Foundation