Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for August, 2006

Zazzle Introduces Product Engine and Create-a-Product API

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Online customized products marketplace Zazzle, has announced a new program called the Zazzle Product Engine (also known as “ZPE”). The Zazzle Product Engine is an overarching effort to enable product creation for the masses by opening Zazzle’s customization tools and technologies to third party websites. As an introductory offering under the Zazzle Product Engine, Zazzle [...]

British healthcare conference to focus on personalized medicine

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

The 2006 British Pharmaceutical Conference ( has as its theme personalization in healthcare.  Hundreds of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists and researchers will convene at the Manchester International Convention Centre from 4-6 September.   The BPC is the largest pharmacy event in the UK. Organised by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) the conference will link [...]

Emcien Receives Second NSF Grant for Product Complexity Research

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

Emcien, Inc., which researching product complexity reduction and its impact on manufacturing companies, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to support development and commercialization of techniques to address the challenges due to product complexity. The NSF is an independent federal agency that [...]

Customized Ice-Cream!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Seeing as it’s summer, it was impossible to resist mentioning a post in Coolhunting, which describes how Ecreamery will let you create your own flavour of ice cream. It’s not cheap, at around US$52 for a basic mix. The ice cream is packed with dry ice in a styrofoam box and shipped by FedEx 2 [...]

Beware of DNA Test ‘Advice’

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

The Boston Globe newspaper carries an article which examines the risks associated with direct-to-consumer DNA testing. The U.S. Government Accountability Office sent DNA samples to twelve companies and received a variety of nonsensical advice. The Boston Globe article states that: In particular, the GAO cautioned against tests that purport to tell, by a sample of [...]