It's always good practice to note the moment when a cutting-edge design issue makes its way in to a mainstream business magazine. The online, laser-cut-on-demand service, Ponoko.com, is on the cover of Inc. this month.
Here's a taste from the feature:
One day, [David ten Have] believes, perhaps 50 years from now, [laser-cutters] like this will be inexpensive enough to be in every home and will be capable of making almost anything. Buying a physical product - a cell phone, for instance - will be as easy as buying an MP3 on iTunes. Products won't be shipped in containers; they will be downloaded as digital design files and then printed on our desks while we sip our morning coffee. Not only will this be exceedingly convenient, but ten Have says that it will reorder the global economy, green the planet, and unleash an unprecedented wave of creativity as regular people design their own stuff.