A burgeoning set of services can connect makers with the resources necessary to take their inventions into full-scale production

Until recently, the United States enjoyed more than 100 years as the world's largest producer of manufactured goods. By 2011, when China took over the top slot, the phrase “Made in America” referred to a dazzling array of things we proudly assembled and sold, as well as the way 11 million people made their living.

Nowadays, the “Made in America” slogan has come to represent more than just factories and assembly lines. The entire U.S. maker community can lay claim to the label as individual innovators and DIYers bring new ideas to life and carve out entirely new niches in the market for consumer goods.

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