This is cool -- MakerBot Industries are producing affordable 3D printers - Robots That Make Things - enabling consumers to create ("print") a variety of plastic objects, such as kitchen lamps or toy cars. I understand that the 'devices' are sold as kits and are then assembled by the user and they can even make their own replacement parts - genius! Users can create or download their own designs using CAD software and abracadabra with the power of DIY manufacturing, print their own goods.
The main MakerBot product is the CupCake CNC and is being sold for US$750. The term 'personal manufacturing' could be the future - see it in action: