Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for May, 2006 in Internet Retail Top 500

Monday, May 29th, 2006 debuted in the 2006 edition of Internet Retailer’s Top 500 Guide for the first time ever. The guide ranks America’s 500 largest web retailers based on their 2005 online sales. ranked 305th in the guide for overall web sales in 2005 and ranked 22nd in the mass merchant category. (Disclosure:  This site carries [...]

Literacy through personalized books

Monday, May 29th, 2006

An article in a newspaper called the Hardin County News describes how personalized books are promoting literacy among young children in Lumberton, Texas.

Dell Opens PC Showrooms, Walmart Offers PC Assembly in Store

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Dell and Walmart, the World’s biggest computer manufacturer and overall biggest retailer respectively, have recently taken contrasting approaches to the selling of consumer computers. The mainstream business media, such as Newsweek, are reporting that Dell will open its first retail stores, where users can try out Dell products. However, they will not be able to [...]

Scion Configurator Website wins Webby

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Scion’s BYS vehicle configurator, has been awarded a Webby People’s Voice Award in the Automotive category. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 500-member body of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. The awards honour excellence in web design, creativity, [...]

Rapid prototyping market worth $808M in 2005 – Report

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

Product development and rapid prototyping consultancy Wohlers Associates, Inc. recently published its most recent findings in Wohlers Report 2006, an in-depth global study on the rapid prototyping and manufacturing state of the industry. The market for additive fabrication (also known as rapid prototyping) grew 14.6% to an estimated $808.5 million in 2005, up from $705.2 [...]

Chris Anderson on Lego Factory Update

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

Chris Anderson, editor of Wired magazine and writer of ‘The Long Tail’ blog (and book), has posted observations about the new version of Lego Factory software. Anderson describes how users now have to pay only for the pieces they use.  Previously, pieces had to be purchased in sets.  These sets often included pieces not required [...]

Mugged by Zazzle!

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Customized marketplace Zazzle, has added mugs, steins and stainless steel travel mugs to its customizable product lines. Consumers can now create customized mugs at using Zazzle’s design tools.

DeskArtes Release 3D Expert 7.1

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Finland-based DeskArtes recently released its 3Data Expert version 7.1. 3Data Expert software is especially designed for data transfer and repair for 3D Printing machines and simulation softwares. The main emphasis with the release 7.1 is the ease of use, robustness and direct links to 3D printing machines.