[Beginning Google SketchUp for 3D Printing](http://my.safaribooksonline.com/9781430233619) is now on Safari Books Online.
This article at The Economist profiles two guys in New York who acquired funding to take their prototype of an iPhone stand/camera mount to manufacturing. But the real story, and the links worth pursuing, is the number of shops that now will execute prototypes for an incredibly low fee. One commenter even notes that he now just pays for the objects he wants to be prototyped instead of seeking out an item already being manufactured. The cost is slightly higher, but he gets what he wants.