First a caveat: in a list of top trends I'm working on for 2013, my top trend concerns the incredible hype we'll be seeing around 3D printing. I've read how some analysts are predicting the death of the factory, and I'm sure those analysts have their agendas. But the truth is mass production has nothing to fear.
However, when it comes to customization and one-offs, 3D printers offer incredible potential. This is exciting. Here's another example of the printernet of things: download a case for your Nokia 820.
3D printing won't replace mass production anytime soon,
but it will be the arts and crafts of the coming decades.