Donal Reddington on mass customization, crowdsourcing and digital manufacturing

Archive for September, 2006

Internet Protocol Detail Record article

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

Kelly Anderson is the president and COO of the Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) Organization, IPDR.org. In an article for CommsDesign, she writes in favour of a service-neutral spec that supports billing of packet-based services, and can be applied to any IP service and application such as gaming, IPTV, VoIP, and Video on Demand. According [...]

Advances in Supply Chain Management for Mass Customization

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

In the last couple of days, a number of interesting articles have described current advances and trends in supply chain management that are relevant to mass customization implementation. In the RFID Journal, Beth Bacheldor writes about NEC’s use of new RFID Gate Technology, that leverages radio-wave reflection techniques. Rather than shoot radio waves directly at [...]

HP Buys VoodooPC

Friday, September 29th, 2006

HP announced yesterday (Sept 28) that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire VoodooPC, a computer manufacturer that specialises in high-performance and personalized gaming computer systems. This acquisition, once closed, is intended to extend HP’s presence into the high-performance gaming market and globally expand the reach of the VoodooPC brand. The move reflects a [...]

EuroMold 2006 Conference to Highlight Future Applications of Additive Fabrication

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany), an organiser of large trade fairs, and Wohlers Associates, Inc., a rapid product development and additive fabrication consultancy, have announced their eighth annual international conference. The conference will coincide with the large EuroMold trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s conference, titled Future Industrial Applications of Additive Fabrication, will take place [...]

Syspro receives innovation award for Airflow Research configurator

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Enterprise business solutions provider SYSPRO, has received a “Technological Innovator” at the START-IT Magazine and Rockwell Automation-sponsored Technology & Business and Manufacturer of the Year Awards Dinner held in early September, at the European Crystal Banquet and Conference Center in Arlington Heights, Ill. The dinner closed the second annual Manufacturing Day, an event focusing on [...]

You talkin’ to WeeMee?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

This site often describes the efforts of businesses to provide personalization of real world products that reflect a person’s real world identity and personality. WeeWorld are almost the polar opposite of this – they allow customers to create a personalized identity for the online world. WeeWorld are creators of the WeeMee, a multiplatform visual identity. [...]

Forbes, Wired, Chicago Tribune Magazine focus on clothing personalization

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Major publications in the mainstream business and lifestyle media have recently run articles relating to mass customization in the apparel sector. Wired News carries an article ‘The Scanning of the Fittest‘. Among the research covered in the article is the work of Auburn University and TC2 (“TC Squared”) in researching U.S. body types using 3D [...]

Business Customers buy one third of customized stamps – Zazzle

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Online custom marketplace Zazzle recently reported that the ZazzleStamps brand of customized postage for business now comprises up to one third of Zazzle’s total customized postage orders since their launch in May 2006. Zazzle, in partnership with Pitney Bowes, began producing ZazzleStamps in July 2005. ZazzleStamps are authentic U.S. postage and can be used to [...]

CustomFlix and Amazon.com Launch CD on Demand Service

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

CustomFlix Labs, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc., has introduced the ‘CustomFlix CD on Demand‘ service. The new CD on Demand service is similar to the current DVD on Demand service and offers independent musicians, artists, labels, and other music content owners an inventory-free way to reach a worldwide audience and make their [...]

Crutchfield Launches Online Home Entertainment Configurator

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Crutchfield, which describes itself as the U.S.’s first integrated marketer (catalog, call center, and Internet) of consumer electronics products, has launched Home System Planning Center which helps sShoppers assemble their ideal audio/video setup out of the literally thousands of different components on the market. Crutchfield Corporation celebrated its 32nd anniversary in 2006. The company was [...]

ADP Turns to SOA

Tuesday, September 12th, 2006

Information Week carries a feature on Automatic Data Processing (ADP), who are using Service Oriented Architecture to develop mass customized software services. One comment by ADP CIO Bob Bongiorno is particularly interesting: In addition, by using existing components, ADP can cheaply create new services, such as a feature to allow the downloading of a W-2 [...]

Australian article on Rapid Prototyping

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Sophia Chua, writing in Australian site Ferret.com.au has an article on digital manufacturing / rapid prototyping, and looks briefly at cost comparisons between rapid manufacturing and conventional manufacturing.

Speaking Roses granted additional patent for printing on flowers

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

Speaking Roses International, Inc., the company that invented flower embossing technology, has announced that it was granted its latest of a series of filed patents covering apparatus and process usage. This patent further strengthens its position as the sole provider of personalized floral products. Speaking Roses is able to print customized messages, pictures and logos [...]

SoftGenetics receives $250K investment for human genome research

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

SoftGenetics, LLC a Pennsylvania State College-based developer of software analysis tools for use by genetic researchers and diagnosticians, has received an investment of $250,000 from The Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA). Founded in 2001, SoftGenetics creates rapid, easy-to-use software analysis tools for use by genetic researchers and diagnosticians. These tools include Mutation Surveyor(TM) [...]

iFrogz reviewed by Apple Matters

Sunday, September 10th, 2006

James Bain, writing in Apple Matters, gives a very detailed review of iFrogz, a company that makes customized cases for Apple iPods.