May 11, 2012
The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor and analyst Isaac Pino and energy editor and analyst Joel South discuss topics around the investing world.
In today's edition, Isaac and Joel discuss a revolution taking place in manufacturing. Because of advancements in materials technology, machinery, and 3-D printing, manufacturers can quickly develop prototypes and tweak products to suit customer needs, all while keeping operations close to home. At Nike, innovative assembly has allowed the company to bring manufacturing back to the states for its newest running shoe, the Flyknit, shifting jobs from Southeast Asia to the domestic market. This move speaks to a broader trend taking place, and companies like 3-D Systems are making this transformation possible. The Economist claims this shift is part of the "Third Industrial Revolution," and investors would be wise to learn more about the implications on the manufacturing sector.
Watch the video for more insight into the companies leading this transformation, but find out even more about this game-changing technology in our special free report, "The Future Is Made in America." We invite you to download a free copy. To find out the name of the most important players in this industrial revolution, just click here.