Distributed manufacturing (or Distributed production or local manufacturing) is about being able to produce what you need close to where you are. RepRap technolgoy enables distributed manufacturing.
This form of production is occuring now with 3-D printers and with Fablab as well as users of this site, 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
- Environmental impacts of distributed manufacturing from 3-D printing of polymer components and products