Small-shop hiring fueled by 3-D printers and iPhone tools

  • Article by: Jeff Green , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: November 10, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Small manufacturers are taking advantage of 3-D printers and other new tools.

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honeybooNov. 11, 13 4:26 AM

What's to prevent the Chinese from getting their hands on 3-D technology? It seems like this will be a very short-lived boom.

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jbaklundNov. 11, 13 7:44 AM

The future of 3D printing and manufacturing in general is changing the landscape drastically right now, we are having a lot of fun. My company Baklund R&D has developed a revolutionary program that we will strive to roll out in 2014 to help this manufacturing revolution move forward. 3D production is going to change the way we eat, & live, modern tech already allows us to do so many great things. We are very excited to be at the forfront. The next ten years are going to be great!

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moron100Nov. 11, 13 8:22 AM

THe chinese have the printers. The problem is location, location ,location. They have to ship it here. These small manufactorers speak the language and make a better product then the chinese firm can. Speed is another issue. cant beat shipping in the U.S. from overseas.

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tbaklundNov. 11, 13 8:22 AM

Ok, I'm going to be upfront and honest . . . I'm Jon's wife, there, you're forewarned. :) We have been married and working together in some form or fashion for 13 years. He has always worked very hard, but better yet, very smart; changing and improving his game whenever he has seen it is needed. A person needs a terrific attitude, be a visionary and contain a great deal of good ol' American Spirit and ingenuity to survive and thrive this day in age. I can emphatically say that Jon has these qualities, as well as a knack for putting together an amazing team and creating the environment that people can learn and grow. I work regularly with the wonderful team at Baklund R&D. Matt's a terrific example not only of the sharp and fun group at BRD; his story is a beacon of hope for the younger generation that there can be a bright future ahead in industry for them. Strength, vision, ingenuity, stick-to-i-tive-ness, and dare I say again . . . good ol' American Spirit-"The next ten years are going to be great!"

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andybleckNov. 11, 13 3:44 PM

What a great article! Bloomberg, thank you for explaining how Baklund R&D (and the other companies listed) are using new technologies, imagination, and expertise to bring work back to The US. Also thanks to MFG.com for providing an easy to use forum for buyers to find manufacturers in our country, and to Modern Machine Shop Magazine for their efforts that promote alliances between American companies.

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jbaklundNov. 12, 13 7:05 AM

I would like to address how to help our economy in general. It is our responsibility to find the products that support our local business'. First of all by training our youth like we do at Baklund R&D LLC. so they have the ability to really support themselves into the future with real skills. I have bought most of my machines from companies that are not only in the US, but in MN, Miltronics for machining centers and turning centers, Sratasys for my 3D printers. As far as consumer products, there is a resurgence of US based companies making products, I buy 90% of these online. Food and consumables I buy locally and belong to couple of CSA's (community supported agriculture). This way we all live better, keeping the $$ in our towns and in our country is very important

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jbaklundDec. 14, 13 9:31 AM

FUN STUFF...Baklund R&D is always having fun, we have a few new products doing out in 2014.

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