Made to order. A phrase that began with the service industry is now vital to manufacturing's future. Manufacturing production has recently grown at its fastest pace in more than a decade, creating more economic value per dollar spent than any other sector. Adding to this surge is customization -- the ability to quickly and efficiently make what you want, when you want it.
Vivek K. Mutalik, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
As You Wish
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