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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:33 PM

27. I think I heard this before

"The Web will eliminate brick and mortar stores because everyone will shop online." Stores are still here--there are more than ever.

"With the Internet you will be able to order a car exactly the way you want it and have it delivered to your door." They make all cars the same way now - there are no more "factory options." Turns out it's cheaper to make 100,000 cars with all the options on them than it is to make 100,000 cars all different and track every one from cradle to ordering dealer.

And now "3D printing will be bigger than the Web." 3d printing WILL be a big thing. Manufacturers will love it. It will be great for people who have old machines you can't buy parts for anymore...imagine if someone were to build a huge database of...oh, say water pumps or cylinder heads...for every car that ever existed, and when you needed one you'd just call this guy up and get it printed out. And those of us in industry who have machines they quit making would be saved. But for consumers, it's overblown: you are probably not going to go to a "maker factory" and order a new pair of shoes from a catalog of 200,000 different designs; you are going to a shoe store and buying shoes you like right off the shelf.

Mr. Anderson's career plan may not turn out so well.

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